Eco-School for Crickets Montessori

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Crickets Montessori construct new Eco-Building.

The new eco building is situated in the grounds adjacent to the Brondesbury Bowling Club just a short distance from the site at South Hampstead Cricket club where Crickets Montessori was first established in 2004.  The nursery’s new green building has been designed with a sustainable focus in keeping with the principles of the Nursery and its founder Celia Stephenson. Project Manager Jonathan Jones of Cabinco is delighted to have started work on the Crickets Montessori Nursery building in South Hampstead, London.

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Crickets Montessoris’ new eco-school building will have a plan area of around 230m2 and be constructed from sustainably sourced spruce machine profile log (MPL) walling.  The exterior of the building is clad in Western Red Cedar which will not require preservative treatment and will gradually age to an attractive silver grey over the coming years.    Timber is the only 100% natural, sustainable and recyclable construction material there is.

A sedum roofing system will be installed which will both contribute to the aesthetics of the eco building and improve bio-diversity.    This will enable the pupils at the nursery to see the changes of the sedum between the seasons and hopefully enjoy the floral beauty in spring and the sight of a range of birds and insects enjoying the green roofing all year round.

The interior log walling provides a warm and natural atmosphere ideal for a nursery and as it is a natural product, is better able to regulate humidity than artificial materials and does not retain any electro-static charge.  This is of benefit in particular to allergy sufferers which account for approximately 1:4 of the population.

Large windows and sun-domes ensure that natural light flows into this eco-building.  Natural light not only reduces the energy needed but is a proven aid to the health and happiness of all of the users of the building.

Even the practical wipe clean flooring finish by Gerflor is vinyl which is 100% recyclable.

To ensure that the new building was green in all contexts, it was important to provide a fully sustainable option for heating the building.  Sustainability of energy is just as important to creating a eco building as sustainability of materials.  Eventually a combination of air source heat-pump to power under-floor heating was selected together with a solar thermal store which can have solar panels added at a later date to further reduce dependence on energy use.  Low energy lighting will also be installed throughout the building.

It is anticipated that the new eco building will be completed Autumn 2011.  Project Manager Jonathan Jones said that the contemporary building provided by Cabinco will provide Crickets Montessori with “a welcoming eco-friendly haven in an urban context”.