Work has started on a £500k extension project at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bodmin.
The project, which is being led by Penzance-based RLT Architects, will allow the school to meet future needs, while reducing its environmental impact.
Due to be completed in time for the start of the new school year in September 2010, the scheme will see the addition of a new nursery classroom and extension to an existing classroom to form a new reception class.
The school will also be fitted with photovoltaic cells on the roof to harness solar power and generate free electricity.
“This has been a very exciting project for us as we have been involved in the design from its conception and will we will continue to be involved until its completion,” said RLT’s director, Danny Cooper.
“Creating practical sustainable design and environments for the future of children using the school is important for us as a practice.”
The design uses a timber frame in the construction and the school will also benefit from natural ventilation and high levels of natural light.