Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

Schoolhaus® at Holme Grange School

Holme Grange School now has two new energy-efficient Schoolhaus® buildings delivering ultra-low energy & maintenance costs

Posted by Rianna Newman | August 19, 2017 | Sustainability

The school, near Wokingham, has enjoyed a full academic year of their two new buildings: a dining hall with IT department and first floor classrooms, plus a separate double classroom block. The dining hall was recently ‘Highly Commended’ in the School Building Award category at the Education Business Awards 2017.

The 910m2 dining block development allows the school to sit lunch in two sittings, and incorporates a full commercial kitchen. On the first floor, there are classrooms, a common room and an IT suite. In addition to this two-storey building, the school also commissioned a Schoolhaus® double classroom building to be completed simultaneously.

Charlie Plumpton, Estates & Facilities Manager at Holme Grange School, said, “We are delighted with our new buildings. The projects were completed swiftly – on time and on budget – and the whole school population is enjoying the efficiency credentials inherent in the designs. An additional benefit of Schoolhaus® is the on-site education in relation to renewables; how it works and how the school derives real value from the energy generation.”

These Schoolhaus® developments have improved and expanded Holme Grange’s facilities and both were completed during the summer of 2016. And, as is the case with all Schoolhaus® developments, they deliver substantial energy savings thanks to Schoolhaus® ultra-efficient design, and the clean renewable energy generated from the dining block’s solar PV roof. The development re-enforces Schoolhaus®’ status as the UK’s most energy efficient school buildings.

Neil Gething, Commercial Director at Net Zero Buildings, said: “We really enjoyed working with Holme Grange School. The timetable was tight but the results are there for all to see. I think users are enjoying the new facilities and the savings for the school are substantial, in terms of lower energy and maintenance costs. Two independent reports – from engineering groups Arup and MAMG – calculate the lifecycle cost savings to the school at circa £807,333 over 20 years and £2,575,074 over 50 years.”  

For more details regarding Schoolhaus® and the Arup/MAMG reports, please contact

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

How modular school buildings can benefit your school

Eat, sleep, recycle!

Go green

Top marks for educational spaces

An outdoor classroom solution for Heywood Prep School

How schools can budget for reactive maintenance

Sustainability needs to be integral to education

Accessible, sustainable water

UB July issue out now!

Ultimate STEM Challenge is back! 

Market place - view all


Located in the village of Nidd, Taplanes began life as a subsidiar...


Compass Computer Consultants Ltd. has been designing and implement...

School Blazer

Schoolblazer is the leading supplier of high quality uniforms to t...


Whether you're looking to solve dining space problems to get more s...


Effective teaching is the key to successful, collaborative and pers...

Jamf software

Solutions for education. Power the digital classroom with Apple an...