Pupils in schools across Hammersmith & Fulham are set to get a clearer view on life after the Council kicked off a multi-million pound investment in new, safer windows.
Windows across many of H&F’s schools, particularly those in Victorian and Edwardian period schools, have reached the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced with modern, energy efficient double-glazed windows.
As part of its commitment to welfare of pupils and improved learning, H&F Council this year approved a programme of replacements, which is now underway.
“We need to give our school children the best possible learning environments to allow them to thrive and be warm and this investment reaffirms our support of the borough’s schools,” said Cllr Sue MacMillan, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“The existing windows at many schools are no longer fit for purpose and even risk becoming unsafe, so our replacement programme represents an investment, not only in better learning outcomes for our children, but also increased energy efficiency in school buildings for decades to come.”
Earlier this year H&F Council’s Cabinet appointed 3BM Ltd to project manage the replacement and repair programme which will be funded by a £20million capital works investment over three years.
Due to some of the buildings being listed and in conservation areas, timber-framed windows will be used rather than plastic PVC-u frames, to reflect the character of the buildings.
Although these timber frames are initially more expensive than the plastic options, they have a considerably longer service life, of at least fifty years, and so represent a far better value-for-money investment.
They also outperform plastic frames for retaining carbon dioxide and so will also be more energy efficient, saving energy costs for schools and cutting carbon emissions.
Work on the schools will be undertaken based on urgency, following extensive surveys, with work already underway at Addison Primary School in Brook Green.