Allestree Woodlands School is part of the Derby Priority School Building Programme for the Education Funding Agency. 

The new buildings house modern facilities for all of the school’s faculties across two buildings.

 
Location:
Derby
Services:

Architecture

Budget:
£13.9m
Client:
Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd
Sector:
Education - Secondary
 

The two-storey South Building houses the new school reception, 6th form and English & Science Departments. The three storey North Building accommodates all other subject areas including the specialist Music, Technology and Art Departments, in unique custom designed spaces. Central to the building is the Learning Resource Centre and Student Reception at the heart of the completed school campus.

 

The school site was in full operation during the construction period with the new buildings threaded between the existing. Whilst a challenging and difficult construction phase, the new buildings linked successfully into the retained main hall and refectory area.

Externally the elevations comprise a blue brick plinth with render and metal cladding panels above. Feature school brand colours have been integrated into the elevation through the unique dual function louvres which make up part of the natural ventilation system of the classrooms.

 

Working with the school and their brand consultant maber have developed a strong signage and interior identity, giving the school a modern professional learning environment that helps to prepare the students for their futures at university or the workplace. Each faculty has its own identity and feature colours as reflected in the furniture and decoration.

 

All of the classrooms are provided with individual environment monitors allowing the teacher to control the fresh air supply and CO2 extraction enabling them to create their own teaching environment whilst working with the intelligent Building Management System (BMS) to manage energy efficiency across the site.

The final move into the new building was in September 2016 which tied in perfectly with the school celebrating its 60th anniversary. Works continued on site, removing the old buildings and replacing them with new playgrounds and grass field areas.