Scheme set to be benchmark for net zero schools of future

Bam has started work on a £30m scheme to build a net zero college in Warwickshire.

The Southam College scheme has been designed to achieve net zero carbon emissions and low energy use meaning it has been handed ‘pathfinder’ status.

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The college will be home to more than 1,600 secondary school pupils

Bam’s design team is lead architect on the job which also includes passive design, biophilic design, climate resilience and health and wellbeing elements.

Dave Ellis, Bam’s regional director in the Midlands, said: “What we learn from Southam College will feed into the department’s wider approach to reducing carbon in the education field.”

The college is part of the Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust with Bam building a range of facilities including science labs, food tech areas, music rooms and a sixth form hub.