Posted: 18.03.2019

The Oak Tree Building at Bemrose School has been awarded the “George Larkin Brighter City Award” from the Derby Civic Society in recognition of the significant improvement to the built environment of the City.


The Oak Tree Building is the primary phase of a three year redevelopment programme to create much needed additional capacity for the popular secondary school. The new building will provide valuable decant space to allow the original buildings to be refurbished over several phases.

Steve Basran, Director at maber commented;

“We are delighted to have received this award which is testament to the close working relationship established with the Planning and Conservation departments at Derby City Council. Extensive liaison was carried out to sensitively plan the building with facade treatment deliberately designed to respect the rhythm of the original school building.”



The Judges commented:

“Whilst this building has been designed primarily as a practical solution to provide additional classrooms for this expanding school, 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”.