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School Building Award

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Presented to the establishment that has provided what is judged to be the most technically advanced building constructed for the purpose of teaching present and future pupils.

2019 Winner
Bishop Chavasse Church of England Primary School, Kent

2019 School Building Award winner:Bishop Chavasse Church of England Primary School, Kent

Headteacher Donna Weeks was heavily involved in the planning of Bishop Chavasse’s new building. Officially opening in April this year, the calm and spacious environment provides great opportunities for learning both inside and outside. The new library forms an integral part of the school, which features inspiring book areas in every classroom and breakout reading spaces. Comments from pupils and parent have been extremely positive.


Ysgol Glan Morfa, Cardiff
Built as part of Cardiff’s Band A, 21st Century Schools programme, the new £7.8m Ysgol Gymraeg Glan Morfa in Splott can accommodate up to 420 pupils across two classes per year, from reception class to year six, and provide 80 part-time nursery places. The two-storey design with approximately 2,500 square metres of floor space incorporates facilities for use by the wider local community including a multi-use games area and a room available for hire.

The Craylands School, Kent
Craylands new £1.9m building features eight classrooms and two group rooms with toilets and storage space. Outside the block is a new Multi-Use Games Area as well as additional car parking spaces. The new block is clad in buff bricks, similar to the existing school. External doors to the classrooms enable the spaces to open out onto the playground area. Louvered panels sit above a number of windows and doors to assist in the ventilation of the classrooms.

Woodmansterne School, London
In the design of Woodmansterne’s new secondary school, which provides 900 places, proximity to neighbouring properties and the relationship to the primary school informed the shape of the building whilst the opportunity for the community to access facilities outside school hours was an important consideration. Sustainability, ventilation and natural light in the development ensure that running costs are minimised.

St Edmund’s School Canterbury
St Edmund’s School’s new ‘academic hub’ is a 2.5 storey building providing seven classrooms, a mathematics studio, toilets and storage facilities. The new building replaces modular classrooms, forming a new public face for the school. The materials are different in format but similar in tone and elemental massing, reinforcing the relationship between the modern and the original 1858 Grade II listed Victorian school buildings.

2018 Winner
Hever Church of England Aided Primary School

2018 School Building Award winner: Hever Church of England Aided Primary School

Hever’s ‘Intelligent electric building’ is fully powered by electricity and therefore not dependent on fossil fuels. This removes the need for a gas supply in most instances. The annual electricity consumption for heating and lighting is around 30kWh per m2 per annum as opposed to 120kWh for a traditionally built alternative. This approach eliminates energy bills and carbon emissions associated with producing the energy that less intelligent buildings need to operate.


Eastbourne College, East Sussex
Reigate Parish Church Primary School, Surrey
Barr Beacon School, Walsall
Hawley Primary School, London

2017 Winner
Robert Gordon's College

2017 School Building Award winner - Robert Gordon's College

Building the Wood Foundation Centre for Science and Technology involved refitting a historic building to house 34 laboratories and classrooms to make the largest UK teaching facility for science and technology education. Specialist facilities include an Optics Laboratory, Design Workshop and a Technology Showcase Suite.


Rendcomb College
Merchant Taylors' School
Donhead Preparatory School
Roseacres Primary School
Holme Grange School

2016 Winner
Chalgrove Primary School, London

Chalgrove Primary School responded to an increase in pupil capacity by using Schoolhaus’ ultra-efficient design to make the most of the need for new space. Zero running costs and a fully-integrated solar PV roof make the school one of the UK’s most efficient school buildings. This building is not only sustainable - it generates clean energy and revenue for the school. The build is impressive both on the inside and out.

2016 School Building Award winner - Chalgrove Primary School, London


Mellor Primary School, Cheshire
Epsom College, Surrey
Plymouth School of Creative Arts
Prestwood Infants School, Buckinghamshire

2015 Winner
Maidenhill School, Gloucestershire

Originally estimated at £14 million, the refurbishment work at Maindenhill, including a brand new building, actually cost £3.7 million. This was achieved through methodical planning and economical processes, including solar-reflective glazing and running the new heating system from the existing boiler.


Baxter College, Worcestershire
Ravenor Primary School, Greenford
James Gillespie's High School, Edinburgh
John Roan School, London
Burntwood School, London