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Devereux completes Bexhill High School

[First look + plans] Devereux Architects has completed the new high school building in Bexhill, East Sussex 

The school building, which has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, meets the government’s 60 per cent carbon reduction target and includes natural ventilation and integrated photovoltaic cells.

According to the practice, the design is based on Swedish and Danish education models and replaces traditional ‘stand and speak’ classrooms with project-based learning that takes place in 15 pods, each accommodating up to 90 pupils and six members of staff.

These large learning pods are arranged over two floors around a central ‘heart’ space within the building envelope. The internal courtyard is spanned by an ETFE roof measuring over 1400 sqm - one of the largest covered spaces in any education building in the UK.

Project data

Start on site date: end of 2008
Date of completion: end of 2010
Gross internal floor area: 13,600m²
Total project cost: £33 million
BREEAM rating: Very Good
Form of contract and/or procurement: BSF One School Pathfinder (through the IESE framework)
Client: East Sussex County Council
Project architects: Darius Umrigar, Jonathan Harford, Chiji Okeke
Structural engineer and M&E: WYG
Main contractor: Kier
Landscape architect: Standerwick Landscape Design
Acoustic engineer: Hawksmoor
FF&E consultant: ISIS concepts
Education consultant: Prospects

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