St Agnes Primary School

Architect: Robinson Architects

Main Contractors: Willmott Dixon

Location: Manchester


The environmental methods of manufacture and 100% recyclability of fermacell partitioning boards have led to the use of the product in the first British Primary School to be built with a totally eco friendly innotivate timber panel system made from recycled wood cuttings.


Initially the internal walls in the new St Agnes C of E Primary School in Longsight, Manchester, were to be of painted timber. However, the environmental credentials of fermacell convienced achitects and contractors to install 3000 square meters of the fibre re-inforced gypsum board to benefit from its strength, imapct resistance and fire and acoustc qualities. 

The pioneering construction of the school will feature 600 Eurban panels of cross laminted layers of timber from sustainbility managed forests in Switzerland. Off cuts from the saww milling industry are being fabricated into load bearing timber components and shipped to Manchester and positioned by crane and connected together, eliminated the need for concrete and steel to achieve a ground breaking approach to construction. 

The £6.2 million building will house 270 primary school children and a further 90 pre school children in nine classrooms on three levels. It will also feature a roof top playground. fermacell's Phil Mattatia says "We are delighted to be part of this exciting project. The overall objective has been to achieve an impressive environmental performance with a reduced carbonf ootprint. The timber panel system is achieving this, and our partitioning is giving added benefits while meeting the environmental targets."