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Inside Milton Keynes' First Fossil Fuel Free School

Inside Milton Keynes First Fossil Fuel Free School
13 January 2023 | Updated 16 January 2023

Take a look inside Glebe Farm School in the parish of Wavendon in Milton Keynes – a completely gas-free site.

On a site larger than 13 football pitches, the school has been designed to have a minimal environmental impact and will provide access to high-quality facilities for the local community.



Picture: an aerial photograph of the school site under construction. Image Credit: Milton Keynes City Council


Completely gas-free, it uses air-source heat pumps which absorb heat from the outside air and provide all the energy needed for air and hot water. All lighting comes from TRILUX Lighting LED luminaires and hundreds of solar panels generate power for the building.

Energy-saving technology such as zero-carbon site hoarding was employed during the construction, minimising any impacts on the local environment. 840 trees, donated by the Woodland Trust, have been planted on the grounds.



Picture: a photograph of a large science teaching space with high benches and stools. Image Credit: TRILUX Lighting


The school was funded and developed by Milton Keynes City Council with building works carried out by Morgan Sindall Construction and Munro Building Services.


“Clean Energy School”


Milton Keynes Council aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050. Over the past eight years, the council has opened six new schools and expanded 24 others, creating thousands of new local school places. In each case, planners, architects and builders have aimed to make a positive impact on the environment by using greener technologies.

Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This major new school is essential for the future of this fast growing area of the city. The whole site has been designed to have a minimal impact on the environment and will provide access to high-quality facilities for the local community. I am excited that this is an all-through school.

The School has 1,569 places for pupils aged 5 to 16, a nursery and is a workplace for 170 staff members.

Picture: a photograph of a large common area within the school, showing communal seating areas and a large staircase. Image Credit: TRILUX Lighting

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 13 January 2023


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