maber acted as lead designer and architect on 3 new schools as part of the Derby Priority Schools Building Programme for the Education Funding Agency.



Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd

This included the competition winning sample scheme primary school, a secondary school and a primary school with nursery. The secondary and one primary also contained the Hearing Impaired Units for the City, requiring specialist acoustic measures to be implemented as part of the building design.


maber had worked with the main contractor from first concept to completion to develop a standardised school design for primary and secondary school models which have been the blueprint for future designs across the country. Utilising off-site construction techniques maber designed an efficient building type which delivered faster programmes than traditional construction projects. The SIPs panel system to the primary schools & SFS system to the secondary school provided fast-track solutions which suited the relevant sizes of the projects. Efficient buildings with low running costs and low CO2 emissions were delivered.

Collaboratively working with multiple architectural practices, maber led the process of creating standardised details and designs to respond to the very different school briefs and site constraints. The chosen construction method using innovative products to provide a structure with increased insulation values and air tightness means that the performance is well over that of the standard Building Regulation requirements.


All of the schemes delivered within this batch achieved planning permission to their target dates, were delivered on time due to the chosen construction methods and were on budget, which was achieved by standardising the design over multiple projects. This collaborative working relationship with the contractor enabled the buildings to all be delivered to a high design quality within the government funding envelopes, on difficult live school sites working around the existing building stock, with minimal disruption to the pupils’ learning experiences.