Plans for the construction of a new secondary school have been approved by Mid Sussex District Council.
The school, which has been designed by Atkins, will be built as part of Homes Englands’s Brookleigh Development situated near Burgess Hill.
The school has been designed to be zero-carbon and will generate its own renewable energy on site without the use of any fossil fuels. Approximately 1,000 solar photovoltaic panel to be used are expected to generate 290,000 kWh of energy each year. It is expected that this project will be the first school in the county of West Sussex to achieve Passivhaus certification.
The project will have LED lighting which will be controlled automaticaly by daylight and movement detection. The main building will also have fresh air ventilation, modulating temperature inside the building. The school is being delivered via the County Council’s multi-disciplinary consultancy partnership with Faithful & Goulding with Atkins and Cundalls leading on the design.
Capital funding of £57.06m to build the school has been approved by West Sussex County Council and this will create the largest capital project the council has ever delivered. An £18.16m contribution from Homes England is included in this funding.