Manor Green School

School welcomes new pupils

Monday 6 September saw the doors of the new Manor Green School open to welcome its first pupils.

The £26 million state-of-the school at Cox Green - built to replace the out-of-date Holyport Manor Special School - is the fulfillment of a long-held vision for the Royal Borough and an exciting new era for the children, staff and governors.

The opening - on schedule and on budget - is the culmination of more than a year-and-a-half of building works. The ground breaking ceremony was in the depths of a frozen February last year but since then contractors Willmott Dixon have forged ahead and handed the building over to the council in May for commissioning and fitting out.

Cllr Eileen Quick, lead member for children's services, congratulated everyone involved for their hard work and dedication, and she especially thanked local residents near the site for the patience during the building process.

In a recent council newsletter to Cox Green residents she said: "The council worked very closely with the contractors (Willmott Dixon) to keep disruption to the absolute minimum and I want to put on record our thanks to residents, especially those close to the site, for their understanding, patience and appreciation of this amazing project which will bring so many benefits to the community.

"We send our very best wishes to everyone at Manor Green and look forward to celebrating with them at the official opening later in the year."

Manor Green provides places for 150 children in classes of eight with specialist classrooms for science, art, computer work, design technology and food technology. There are sensory facilities, a hydrotherapy pool (all with potential for community use), a parents' room, therapy rooms and a training room.

It joins Cox Green (secondary) School and Lowbrook Primary School on an education campus which offers new opportunities for pupils of all ages and abilities.

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This new single storey Manor Green School for 150 pupils with special educational needs has 19 class bases, two halls including dining area, kitchen, therapy suite which includes hydrotherapy pool and rooms for light and dark sensory, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rebound therapy and medical needs together with staff areas, offices and ancillary accommodation.

The building is heated from combined heat and source fuelled from a Biomass Plant using woodchip fuel. This plant provides heating and hot water for the school as well as the adjacent residential/respite unit and uses waste heat to generate electricity that is fed back into the grid.

A high level of thermal insulation has been used throughout and a 'green' roof provided on the majority of the building. The sedum covering is used to reduce rainwater run-off by 80%, provides sound and thermal insulation and takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and returns oxygen.

The design and orientation of the building takes classrooms away from the railway adjacent to the Cox Green site, supporting a natural ventilation strategy used for all spaces except hygiene and pool areas. It uses both clerestory windows that can be opened and 'monodraught' passive stack ventilation.

A natural day lighting strategy utilises the clerestory windows to supplement the normal classroom windows.

Low energy light fittings have been provided throughout the building, controlled by an 'intelligent' computer system and operated on a sensory basis.

Windows are shaded by external canopies and/or internal blinds to reduce solar gain whilst also providing good day lighting within the building. The external canopies at classrooms also provide external teaching and recreational functions.

All the timber is from fully sustainable sources. The windows are made of natural timber from a renewable source with a thin aluminium external weatherproof facing for reduced maintenance.

Toilets provide for 'dual flush' within the confines of design requirements for a special school. These design confines preclude the use of water provided by rainwater or grey water.

Building components are recyclable at the end of the life of the building.

Spoil material from excavations for the access road and foundations has been relocated on site.

Natural native species have been planted to reinforce the perimeter of the site.

The school building has been designed so that specialist areas can be made available to local people in the community e.g. parking, therapy suite including hydrotherapy pool, halls, training room.

Work on site
Contractors Willmott Dixon are committed to reducing the environmental impact of their construction projects and constantly strive to implement innovative management techniques. At Manor Green this commitment began with a careful and considered site set up to ensure wheel washing systems were in place for delivery vehicles and measures taken to suppress dust and other debris. The existing ecology was also respected with trees being fenced off to prevent damage.

Fuel deliveries and chemical storage were managed to ensure materials were kept in locked, covered compounds away from storm water drains. All site staff were trained in the effective management of chemical spillages.

The production of waste was also monitored to ensure a minimal amount was produced in the first instance and that where possible any waste produced was re-used on site. Waste material was segregated into five different streams including wood, metal and plasterboard. This resulted in fewer waste transfers and also meant that 98% of material leaving site was diverted from landfill.

Environmental key performance indicators (eKPI's) such energy usage and delivery vehicle movements were recorded as part of the companies long term trend analysis to reduce the impact of future projects on the environment. Willmott Dixon is committed to becoming both carbon neutral and sending zero waste to landfill by 2012.

• It is expected that this project will score 66% for an assessment of 'Very Good' under Breeam (British Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method):
• Basic building cost: £1,598 per m²
• Services cost:£716 per m²
• External work: £193 per m²
• Gross floor area: 6790 m²
• Total area of site: 3.1 hectares
• Area of teaching spaces: 2,661 m²
• Area of circulation: 1,360 m²
• Area of storage: 535 m²
• Predicted electricity consumption: 24 kWh/m²p.a.
• Predicted fossil fuel consumption: 115 kWh/m²p.a.
• Predicted renewable energy generation: 75 kWh/m² p.a.
• Predicted water use, based on classes of 8 pupils 1.5 m3/pupil/p.a.
• % grounds area designed for community access 52%
• % school building designed for community access 21%

Manor Green Residence

The new 24-bed respite unit, designed to meet the varying special needs of the children, is also on schedule and will open later in September. Constructed as a modular unit by Rollalong, the wheelchair accessible centre has the latest specialist equipment. It is also constructed with high quality green credentials, taking its heat and power from the school's Biomass energy centre.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed, was the special guest at a recent pre-opening tour of the Residence. Included are (from left): Chris Thomas, Manor Green project manager; Cllr David Burbage, council leader; Cllr Majeed, Martin Sayers, MD of contractors Rollalong; Hannah Lyman, representing the Berkshire East Primary Care Trust; John Soper, site project manager, and (front) Julia Pearse, who has co-ordinated the Manor Green building projects.

Leisure centre open

Cox Green Leisure Centre is now up and running following an official opening on Sunday 26 September. The new building (linked to the existing Cox Green sports hall) is the reception area for the entire leisure facility and features a fully-staffed 42-station BodyZone gym open five nights a week, with weekend openings also available. Constructed by Beard's, it also has a first floor, multi-purpose dance studio/media capture room, changing rooms and a specialist hygiene room to support severely physically disabled people who may be visiting the site or using the adjacent community centre.

In the overall leisure complex are new or refurbished internal and external sports facilities available for community use in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays, including:
• a floodlit all-weather pitch
• the existing Cox Green School sports hall, which caters for five-a-side football, basketball, badminton, climbing wall etc
• upgraded school grass pitches, tennis courts, cricket nets and long jump pit
• school changing rooms and toilets now open for evening and weekend use
• gymnasium for trampolining, gymnastics, aerobics (and for hire)
• three outdoor floodlit tennis/netball/football courts.

For more information contact Cox Green Leisure Centre on 01628 796881, email: or visit

Further Information

If you would like any further information about the development of the new Manor Green School please contact the Project Manager:

Chris Thomas
Head of Housing Policy and Residential Development
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
St Ives Road Maidenhead
Tel: 01628 796270

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Published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:48:01
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