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Ashe Construction awarded new £7.7m expansion project at Thornhill Primary School through Pagabo

Date: 02/10/2020

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We’re delighted to announce that Ashe Construction have been awarded a new £7.7m project for the expansion and refurbishment of Thornhill Primary School in Houghton Regis.

The project was procured through our Medium Works framework on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council. Ashe were selected as the contractor of choice following a direct award and will deliver their team’s first Passivhaus Standard project.


The new build extension will allow Thornhill Primary School to expand from a 1-form entry school to a 3-form entry school.


A sustainable design and build to a Passivhaus Standard

This exciting new project will be constructed using a cross laminated timber frame and has been designed to the Passivhaus Standard. This places sustainability at the forefront of the new building’s design and will create a healthy learning environment for the Thornhill pupils.

The incorporation of sustainable construction materials and the importance of whole life costing is demonstrated throughout the building with features such as improved thermal comfort and excellent indoor air quality, in addition to its awe-inspiring architectural design.



Ashe’s delivery team have mobilised quickly for this project, with work beginning on site last week to ensure the project can be delivered in time for the September 2021 school year.

Ashe’s Managing Director Ian Robbins commented: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded the Thornhill Primary School project. To deliver a Passivhaus scheme of this scale demonstrates our commitment to delivering buildings that leave a long-lasting positive legacy for our clients.”


Jonathan Parker, National Framework Manager at Pagabo added: “It’s brilliant to be supporting Central Bedfordshire Council on this exciting new school expansion. This project represents one of many secured by Ashe Construction via our Medium Works framework and we’re pleased to be continuing our great partnership with them. We have a strong commitment to both quality and sustainable construction at Pagabo, so to be involved in a Passivhaus Standard project is something we’re very proud of.”

We are pleased to see work commencing on site quickly and look forward to seeing the building finished and ready for students in September 2021.


More useful information below: 

Medium Works Framework


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