Willmott net-zero school design ‘a template for future builds’


Willmott Dixon will deliver the first net-zero school in Leicestershire. 

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by Rory ButlerFebruary 10, 2023

The firm has been appointed to the new 210-place Hollycroft Primary School on the outskirts of Hinckley, by Leicestershire County Council. 

The scheme is valued at £8.5 million. 

It forms part of a 10-year development nearby where Bloor Homes is building 850 homes, retail and community facilities. 

Hollycroft is aiming for a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. 


  • A timber frame will result in fewer embodied carbon emissions than a traditional steel frame. 
  • Materials that enhance the building’s thermal efficiency will be used. 
  • Offsite manufacturing will reduce deliveries to site and halve construction time.  

The new school will act as a template for future schools in the region. 

“Our Energy Synergy™ process will help expose any potential performance gap for the council and consequently offer the opportunity to drive down operational costs – a win for the client and for the environment,” said Nick Heath, director at Willmott Dixon. 


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