Edinburgh primary school set for £2.7m Passivhaus extension

MAXI Construction has been awarded a £2.7 million contract from the City of Edinburgh Council for the design and construction of a new two-storey classroom block within the grounds of Sciennes Primary School.

The new building is to be certified to the Passivhaus building standard. It will include cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, quadruple glazing, heavily insulated external walls and roof, a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system (MVHR) and air source heat pumps.

John Aitchison, Maxi Construction MD, commented, “We are delighted to be awarded this contract which adds to our extensive education sector experience and further develops our experience in the provision of low carbon buildings.”

Councillor Ian Perry, education convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, added, “The new classroom block will be the first primary school building in the capital to be certified to Passivhaus standard and supports our aim of net zero emissions by 2030.”

The wider project team includes project manager and quantity surveyor, Doig & Smith; architect, Holmes Miller; structural engineer, Will Rudd Davidson; and Passivhaus certifier, John Gilbert Architects.