The main work planned in this Le Mans school, too greedy for energy

The main work planned in this Le Mans school, too greedy for energy

In Le Mans (Sarthe), the Gérard Philip primary school will work to reduce its energy consumption. ©City of Le Mans

The facility was built in the late 1960s and will soon be subject to extensive traffic renovation.

Located in the Sablons district of Le Mans (Sarthe), Gérard Philip Elementary School it is necessary to modernize, especially to reduce its power consumption. Elected officials who met in the village council voted in favor of the project this Thursday, October 27, 2022.

21 months of work

While the fencing replacement is nearing completion, construction work will take approx 29 months including 21 on site.

During this period, eight classrooms, toilets and offices will move to modular buildings located on the school’s sports grounds.

The fences and also the facades of the main building will be replaced. Its upper part will be covered with wooden cladding, the lower part will be made of stainless steel.

A building that uses too much energy

This renovation aims to reduce excessive power consumption buildings. According to the city, the work will reduce it by 40% and reduce carbon emissions by 13 tons per year. Jacques Gouffé, Le Mans Métropole’s vice-president responsible for the energy transformation proposes an economy “of €20,000 per year “.

The cover will be replaced to accommodate the photovoltaic panels 350 m2 to self-supply the building with energy.

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On the lighting side, the classrooms will be equipped with low-luminosity lamps with presence detection. Trees will be planted and the school will be greened.

Six new classes

Overall, the surgery should cost a little more than 4 million euros (€4,080,000 including tax). The envelope was inflated due to elements that were not originally planned, such as painting all the rooms, underestimating the roofing work or installing solar panels.

“We are running out of space due to the duplication of classes in Rep and Rep+, we are reducing surfaces and increasing the number of classes,” he points out Cecile Leroux, village councilor and deputy mayor in charge of school management.

Compared to the original project, which included the construction of 4 classrooms of 60 m2there are 6 classes of 40m each2 which will be created to anticipate enrollment growth and respond to class splits.

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