The building has been configured to make best use of the site and rather than a single large building, the new school is broken down in scale by creating a series of buildings, in a similar manner to the school it replaces.
Five new blocks of one and two storeys sit along side the retained Sports Hall. The new buildings are all steel framed which allows the external fabric of the building to be made up of a number of different building systems.
Materials and finishes have all been responsibly resourced, environmentally sustainable and appropriately recycled.
Re-use of an existing artwork feature – the ‘traction engine’ has been transplanted from the old school to the new.
The existing sports hall has been retained and refurbished to extend its lifespan.
I wanted to thank you for all the design work that you have undertaken at Heritage. This project was in some disarray when you became involved with time running out and the pressure on to find a solution even though the brief was still evolving. Your designs have proved to be first class and have equalled, not to say exceeded, our expectations.
The decision to create a series of faculties has really paid off and the school are certain to benefit from the flexibility of this arrangement for years to come. Of the three BSF schools Heritage feels the most like a college and I know the students are really enjoying this after their previous experience of very low grade cramped accommodation.
Julian Burgess, BSF Design Manager, Derbyshire County Council