Shropshire building contractor to deliver £5.1m development at Shrewsbury School

Artists’ impressions of the new Shrewsbury School boarding house that will be built by Pave Aways. Credit – Adrian James Architects/RCC Visuals.

Pave Aways has secured a contract for a £5.1m girls’ house at Shrewsbury School.

The new facilities for day and boarding students will be the 12th scheme Pave Aways has completed at the co-educational school for 13 to 18 year-olds.

Other significant projects it has carried out at the school include the academic building Hodgson Hall, the Chatri Design Centre and the extension and refurbishment of the Barnes Theatre.

The new house will be the fifth house for female students and has been designed by Adrian James Architects, which was responsible for Hodgson Hall. It will provide single and communal bedrooms for students and staff accommodation with shared facilities including a house hall, kitchen and TV room. Work will start in early April with completion in the summer term of 2023.

Pave Aways says it will use its expertise in low carbon construction to deliver the highly sustainable blueprint, which includes a ‘fabric first’ highly insulated and airtight skin, plus a mechanical ventilation system, air-source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.

Managing Director Steven Owen said: “The new house is an exciting development in the evolution of Shrewsbury School and we’re delighted to have been trusted to build it.

“Our experience in building low or zero carbon facilities for schools, coupled with our pedigree in the education sector, has been key to securing this contract.

“Having delivered a series of these schemes in the past two years, including the first-ever Passivhaus school in Mid Wales, has given us a strong foundation in the skills required and a supply chain that is well equipped to support us.”

Pave Aways delivered the first-ever Passivhaus school and social housing schemes for Powys County Council and a net-zero carbon extension to Blacon School for Cheshire West and Chester Council in the last 18 months.

To be Passivhaus rated means the building has been adapted to use very little energy for heating and cooling and ensure emissions are decreasing whilst providing a high level of comfort for the occupant. The solution is certified through a quality assurance process.