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Sustainability a key consideration for new Forest of Dean Campus

1 May 2018

Gloucestershire College is leading the way in environmental sustainability with the build of its new Forest of Dean Campus, in partnership with Barnwood Construction.

Building work at the site in Cinderford’s Northern Quarter began last May, and already the College is generating a range of environmental benefits through its use of sustainable building measures, and locally sourced materials.

Barnwood Construction has worked with ground improvement specialists, Envirosoil, using lime stabilisation on ground at the site. This process turns otherwise unusable material into a valid construction product by dramatically reducing its moisture content, which then acts as an energy-saving alternative to transporting materials to and from the land. 

By opting to use this process, the College has prevented more than 23,000 tonnes of waste being taken to landfill, avoiding some 5,000 journeys being made by heavy goods vehicles, which will in turn save almost 57,000 litres of diesel being burned as fuel. 

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The local area has seen much less construction traffic as a result of the lime stabilisation process; avoiding congestion on roads in the area. 

As the build progresses, a number of other sustainability measures have been achieved, including the use of reclaimed aggregates where possible, as well as locally sourced materials, suppliers and sub-contractors.

The College is proud to have worked with MF Freeman on the groundworks; Axiom Building Services on the mechanical and electrical design; County Roofing on the cladding and roofing; Aluminium Sashes on the windows and doors; Pipeline Logistics on the directional drilling; Airsun Systems on the brise soleil; G&G Scaffold on the scaffolding and edge protection; Space Catering on the commercial kitchen; D&G Ceilings on the drylining and ceilings; Charlton Abbotts on the site setup; P&S Decorators on the decorating; Corinium Carpets on the soft floor coverings; J Knight Brickwork on the masonry; Sean Lawless Carpentry on the carpentry works; General Services on the steel staircase and balustrading; Abbey Business Group on the furniture; Security & Solar Windows Films on the window filming and manifestation; 2020 Signs on the billboard; Grundon on the waste disposal; and Glevum Security on building security.

The purpose-built campus, next to Steam Mills Lake, has been designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects of Gloucester, as an energy efficient, sealed building with environmental control and solar panels. The new centre for post-16 education will be completed to welcome students in September 2018. 

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The building is now watertight and boasts a sedum (grass) roof, which also contributes to the sustainability of the building; significantly reducing the need for air conditioning in the summer and providing insulation in winter, whilst providing scope for biodiversity to develop.

Sandra Tyrrell, Assistant Principal, said: “Environmental sustainability is a key concern for us and much consideration has gone into the environmental impact of every step of the construction of the new campus.

“We’re really excited to see the designs for our new campus brought to life and are confident that these dedicated state-of-art facilities and subsequent training will offer young people in the Forest of Dean real employment opportunities within the county.”

For updates on the new campus, and to see the architect’s flythrough, visit:  

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