Lubbesthorpe Primary School, Leicestershire

Design & Build

Design and construction of a large development new 420-space primary school to facilitate 4,250 new homes on the outskirts of Leicester.

Site Challenges

The new school was constructed as part of a new 4,250-home housing development on the outskirts of Leicester. Although this was not a live site, continuous communication was required with the various house builders on the same development to coordinate levels, services infrastructure and drainage, and mitigate any disruption to work and traffic.


Constructed using a steel frame, with brickwork and render to the exterior. Extensive glazed areas maximised daylight and promote the learning experience, whilst Brise Soleil protection was installed to also reduce heat gain. 


Services had to respond to other performance factors (including acoustic requirements – BB93), incorporating natural daylight where possible. LED lighting, access control, and CCTV installations featured throughout the ground and first floors. The building’s heating strategy comprised a combination of radiant panels and low-surface temperature radiators. Ventilation was provided by a combo of mechanical ventilation and hybrid heat recovery ventilation. The commercial kitchen also featured specialist extract with tempered make-up air.

Social Value and Environmental

The environmental aspects involve an installation of PV panels, green roofing and an environmental plan of wildlife habitat creation.

To mark the opening of the new school, Clegg Construction invited children and families from the local community to bury the time capsule on site, which is due to be opened in 2044.

Supporting ex-offenders into work

During the project, we supported the Leicestershire Cares “WIRE Project”, which arranged two weeks of mentored work placements for three ex-offenders. Upon completion, one was placed with a bricklayer, one with a window installer, and the other was signed to an agency who provided our trades and labour and was provided work until he secured a role with the adjacent housebuilder.


"We are very pleased with the job that you and your team have done. We would certainly recommend Clegg Construction’s workmanship to others. Magic experience and a great team ethos.“
- Peter Merry, CEO Owls Academy Trust