Carbon assessment approach used at new school in Somerset could influence next generation of school design

25th March 2021

Built environment company BAM has carried out an assessment of the embodied carbon and the operational carbon used in the design and construction of a new primary school in Somerset.

Handing over King Ina School in Somerton, BAM said that its approach would benefit future school designs by giving it a benchmark that can both be revisited at the school itself, and which will help inform the design and construction of future schools.

Embodied carbon has not been considered as a priority in school design and building but the tide is changing and measurement is becoming a priority for the Department for Education.

BAM worked on the school design with Somerset County Council which invested £7.3m to develop their new primary school, accommodating up to 420 pupils and 52 early years children.

Appointed under the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), BAM created 14 classrooms, a nursery, a school hall, a production kitchen, sports pitches, and a multi-use games area.