Families have been invited to view plans for a new ‘eco-school’ next to a Cambridge park and ride site. Designs have been unveiled for the new primary school and community centre to be built at Trumpington Meadows.

The new school – to open in September 2012 – will have 420 pupils and operate as a federation with Fawcett P rimary School, sharing an executive headteacher and governing body.
The school is being built by Cambridgeshire County Council adjacent to the Trumpington park and ride site.

The building’s design will feature the use of renewable energy, natural ventilation, recycled water and solar-heated water.

The structure will also serve as a community centre, with early years’ provision, two community rooms and shared use of the school hall.

The plans have been unveiled after the creation of Trumpington Meadows Country Park was given the green light.

The 148-acre green haven on the former Monsanto agricultural site will include picnic areas, a community orchard, woodlands, ponds and kickabout areas. It is part of plans to build 1,200 homes, shops, leisure facilities and the primary school on the southern edge of the city.

Consent was granted this month by the district’s joint development control committee which controls Cambridge’s growth.

Trumpington Residents’ Association is holding a meeting on May 25 at Fawcett School. It will include presentations by the Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association and details about the design of the school.

Liz Woodman, a member of the association, said: “I think the mood among residents is generally supportive of the designs but we will be giving our thoughts on it formally after meeting with the architect.”

A public exhibition is being held to give people a chance to comment on all aspects of the proposal such as design, landscaping and traffic.

Views will also be welcomed on the provision of car parking, cycle parking and sports facilities, and any visual impact on the surrounding area.

The exhibition will be on Monday, May 16, from 2pm-8pm in the Pemberton Room at the Cambridge Professional Development Centre in Foster Road, Trumpington.

Article Courtesy of: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk

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