Consultant wins contract to project manage Race Cottam designed eco-school scheme in Derby

Consultant EC Harris has won the contract to project manage the construction of one of the most environmentally-friendly schools in Derby.

Designed by architect Race Cottam Associates, the £20.5m scheme will replace the Sinfin Community School which was largely destroyed by fire 14 months ago.

Deputy headmaster Howard Jones said: “The major driving force behind the design solution has developed from the educational aspirations; to create imaginative internal spaces, learning environments and correct relationships between different elements in the school.”

The design features separate hubs, accommodating key subject areas and reflecting a new ‘house’ type structure.

Sustainable features include a bio-mass boiler using woodchip fuel sourced locally, a wind turbine and grey water recycling.

EC Harris was appointed by Derby City Council and funding has been secured through the government’s Building Schools for the Future Pathfinder programme.

Work is due to start on site in June with the new school scheduled to re-open in September 2008