MELKSHAM’S community campus will be built using energy saving technology, helping to reduce carbon emissions.
The building – currently under construction adjacent to Melksham House – will have: an air to water heat pump system, instead of a gas boiler; high efficiency LED lighting; and materials used will reduce heat loss.
Three double electric vehicle charge points will also be available outside the building.
The possibility of installing solar panels on the campus roof is currently “being explored” by the project team, but installation would be subject to planning approval.
The council has explained the plans for the campus in response to questions from Melksham News, after it announced that it received £4.4million in government funding to upgrade heating systems in many of its buildings.
Wiltshire Council’s corporate director for Place, Sam Fox, told Melksham News, “Melksham Community Campus will be an energy efficient building, and as a new build it will comply with stringent current Building Regulations.
“The Melksham Community Campus scheme will incorporate a range of sustainable construction methods and technologies.
“The fabric of the building has been designed to reduce heat loss, high efficiency LED lighting will be installed throughout, and the building will have intelligent control systems, which ensure heating, cooling and lighting is only utilised when it is needed to ensure optimum energy efficiency.”