Asterdale Primary is part of the Derby Priority School Building Programme for the Education Funding Agency. We worked with the Main Contractor on a Design & Build Contract as Architect & Lead Designer from Concept to Completion.



Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd
1,211 m2 GIA

Located on a tight site with difficult constraints, such as the adjacent A52, the school was unusually developed with a north-south axis to minimise the acoustic impact of the adjacent busy A-Road on the classrooms and to take advantage of the site topography. The design was developed to allow the existing school, nursery and neighbouring children’s centre to remain operational whilst construction took place from a single road boundary, close to a busy junction. Through consultation and collaboration with all the parties involved, a successful project delivery was achieved for the Main Contractor & EFA.


Created using Structural Insulted Panel (SIP) construction, this single storey, 220 place primary school was delivered on time and within budget on a speedy procurement and delivery programme. The SIP construction ‘kit of parts’ was developed with the Main Contractor. Asterdale was the final school in a batch of six schools using this approach and we were able to apply all of the lessons learned from the previous schools, to create an efficient, highly insulted building with a modern architectural aesthetic.


The bright and vivid interiors were developed with the Head Teacher to give a clear interiors brand throughout the school, inline with its new improving educational direction. The scheme is loved by the pupils who have given their seal of approval, as reflected in the creative poems they composed and presented at the opening ceremony.


The transition to the new school has been exciting for the children, parents, staff and governors. We are delighted with our fantastic new building, creating the perfect facility for learning for our pupils and the wider community, long into the future.

Karen Forrest
Asterdale Head Teacher


The School was officially opened in July 2016 by Donna Kellogg MBE (GB Badminton) who grew up locally to the School and Mike Green the EFA Director of Capital.

Welcome to our brand new school,
That the staff and children all think is cool.
Brand new carpets make it cosy and nice.
A fun place to learn we all want a slice!
Ibrahim – Year 6