The first new buildings in Nottingham City Council’s £180m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme have officially opened.

The Big Wood School project is part of the first phase of Nottingham’s BSF programme which comprises eight schools, and is being delivered through a combination of new build and refurbishment.

Capita Architecture, BSF Nottingham
Capita Architecture, BSF Nottingham

Big Wood School will be the first education building in the UK to have a pure plant oil CHP (ombined heat and power) plant.

Designed by Capita Symonds’ architecture division, Capita Architecture, the school is being completely rebuilt in two phases. The first phase involved rebuilding the English and Expressive Arts, Science and Humanities, Maths and Design Technology learning clusters. The final phase is due to be completed in June 2010.

The practice asserts that the project’s low-energy building design, construction method, and its commitment to establish ecological and horticultural areas within the site have maximised its sustainability.

Capita Symonds is part of the inspiredspaces consortium led by support services and construction company Carillion. inspiredspaces was chosen in 2008 to join Nottingham City Council and Partnership for Schools, via Building Schools for the Future Investments (BSFI), to form the Local Education Partnership (LEP) which is overseeing the project.