Posted: 18.02.2022

We’re delighted that Bemrose School has been awarded a second Derby Civic Society – George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Award.


This year the Society awarded the School’s main building a Highly Commended award for the restoration of the Listed 1930s Neo Georgian building.

The original buildings were built between 1928-1930 by local architect Alexander Macpherson and are locally listed due to the architectural and historical importance to the City of Derby.

The judges commented:  “With sustainability at its heart, it is very pleasing that the City Council have decided to renovate this early 20th century building, rather than demolishing and rebuilding. Nearly all the original features have been kept, even if in some cases they have had to be rebuilt. Where replacement was needed the new has seamlessly blended with the old and we think it deserves an award.”


The Listed building refurbishment completed a phased construction. The first phase saw the creation of a new classroom block, The Oak Tree Building, which was also honoured with a Civic Society Award previously.  The Society stated:

“Great care has been taken to ensure that it complements its locally Listed parent building in terms of the materials chosen, its height, massing and location. Internally, it provides the latest concepts in classroom design.”


You can find out more about the developments at Bemrose School through the Project Page links on the right.