Acivico supports Glenmead Primary School to reach new heights of educational excellence

Glenmead Primary School, based in Great Barr Birmingham, is a two-form entry school for students aged 4-11 years old. Completed in September 2020, the Acivico facilities management team provided project management to extensive roof repairs and improvements to the existing school building.

Works included the complete replacement of the roof covering, improved roof drainage and the replacement of defective roof tiles. In addition to the roof improvement works, 43 existing roof lights were replaced with new triple skin, polycarbonate rooflights, providing improved daylighting to the classrooms and thermal efficiencies. The works were completed with maintenance free Rockclad cladding and offered an insurance backed 20-year guarantee covering materials and workmanship.

The positive effect of increased daylight within the learning environment is well documented. The Education Funding Agency Daylight Design Guide states ‘Good quality daylight within the learning environment is essential’, whilst the CIBSE Lighting for Education Guide LG05 states, ‘ the quality of light in the learning environment will directly affect our learning experience and indeed our motivation to learn.’

Enhanced daylighting does not only provide benefits for the education establishment for the learning environment. With efficient utilisation of daylight, a reduction of dependence on artificial lighting, also enhances energy performance and environmental credentials. The completion of the roof improvements at Glenmead Primary School has also resulted in an enhancement of thermal efficiency and reduction of whole lifecycle costs for the school.

Hilary Allen, Headteacher at Glenmead Primary School said; ‘The school were very pleased with the quality of the finish on the project. The roof lights are particularly impactful and the quality of the natural light coming into the classrooms is much improved. The specification of the job and quality of the finish is most pleasing.

The whole roof project was well managed with regular updates and very good communication, alleviating the complications of different teams doing different aspects of the job when the project management is carried out in this manner.

The contractors were not obtrusive on campus, despite it being a large and complicated project. I noted the attention to health and safety while on site and them being mindful to the needs of the school, this was evident in how flexible the contractors were.’