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"Living roof" plamn for Bowling school building
A planned school sports hall would have an eco-friendly ‘living roof’ covered with sedum plants.
The school hopes the facility would be used by clubs and the community outside school hours. In their planning application, the architects said the new building’s eco-friendly measures would go beyond what was required.
This would include the sedum roof, which would soak up rainwater run-off and “mitigate any loss or decrease of habitat resulting from the development”, the application said.
The facility would include a sports and fitness building with changing rooms and a club room, as well as an outdoor floodlit football pitch covered in third-generation artificial turf.
It would cater for up to 60 pupils at any one time, or four individual sports’ teams. The evening curfew for club and community use is expected to be 10pm.
The application said: “It is proposed that the sports surface is third generation artificial pitch to meet the technical requirements of the Football Association and International Rugby Board.
“This will permit consistent availability for mainly soccer and rugby use, as well as supporting many configurations of these sports and other leisure sport and training activities.
“Research by the Academy indicates that there is general local support and demand for an all-weather venue of this type. This is also consistent with the Academy’s wider mandate to develop community engagement to raise aspiration and involvement in educational opportunity.”
Bradford Academy opened as a secondary school in 2007, and in 2010 a primary school building was added to turn it into a through-school.
It now caters for around 1,200 pupils aged three to 18.
The planning application will be considered by planners over the coming months.