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Oake And Bradford School Achieves BREEAM Very Good

Oake And Bradford School Achieves BREEAM Very Good

Elliott Off-site Building Solutions has completed a new 600m² development at Oake and Bradford Community Primary School in Somerset that will provide modern teaching facilities for all 58 students.


This is the fourth school project that Elliott Off-site Building Solutions has successfully completed in quick succession for Somerset County Council.


The company’s innovative hybrid off-site construction system was used to create the stand alone timber-frame, single storey facility at the Church of England school that was officially opened by the Bishop of Bath & Wells, The Right Reverend Peter Price.


The new development consists of five classrooms, along with a new headmaster’s office, reception area and toilets.


Elliott Off-site Building Solutions, acting as concept designer and Principle Contractor, completed the 26 week project four weeks ahead of schedule. The completed building achieved a BREEAM ‘Very good’ rating.


The students had previously been taught in temporary classrooms, which was far from ideal and the approach of winter meant the school set strict timescales for completion of the new building.


The school demonstrated its confidence in Elliott’s off-site solution, which had already been used to successfully complete three other schools projects for Somerset County Council, by allowing demolition of the temporary classrooms at the outset of the programme.


“We had complete confidence that Elliott Off-site Building Solutions would be able to meet the strict timescales on this project,” said Angela Bridgeland, Head teacher at Oake and Bradford school. “This was based on the company’s track record of completing three other school developments for Somerset County Council. The new building looks absolutely stunning and has created a real sense of pride with our students.”


Work on site had to be carried out in a live school environment and a key aspect of making this a success was the close working relationship that Elliott nurtured with the school, which also meant the client was kept fully informed of progress on site.


The BREEAM ‘very good’ rating was achieved by incorporating a series of sustainable technologies including a Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP), rainwater harvesting system that is used to flush the WC’s and high levels of insulation.


The design of the building allows maximum benefit to be gained from natural daylight, including large south facing windows. The building has extended overhanging roof eaves to prevent excessive solar gain, avoiding the need for energy intensive cooling systems during the hot summer months. The overhanging eaves also provide convenient pavilion-type shelter around the perimeter of the building.


“We are delighted that Somerset County Council selected us to design and build the brand new stand alone teaching block at Oake and Bradford school,” said David Jupp, Business Development Manager of Elliott Off-site Building Solutions. “Our off-site construction systems are highly effective at providing clients with assured quality standards as well as efficient construction schedules.”


Elliott Off-site Building Solutions has over 45 years of delivering innovative off-site design and build solutions and is able to help clients achieve the highest environmental ratings and carbon neutrality.

For more information on Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions, visit: or call: 01274 863221. Alternatively, email:

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