Lancashire Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF) East Lancashire, United Kingdom Project Provide better schools and create a local skills legacy through employment opportunities for school leavers Location East Lancashire, UK Commencement on site August 2006 Completion year September 2010 Client Catalyst Education (PFI project company working in a Local Education Partnership with Lancashire County Council) Picture: Shuttleworth Community College Project partners Architects: Capita, Ellis Williams and Design Challenges and Innovation photovoltaic cells and wind turbines to Bradshaw Gass and Hope generate electricity, ground source heat The county council was keen to see its pumps and rainwater harvesting to reduce Value existing stock of secondary schooling in water consumption. Together these £250 million East Lancashire redesigned to be daring measures will ensure the schools are and different, but most of all, somewhere among the most sustainable ever built in Bovis Lend Lease role that would inspire pupils and contrast Britain. Two Stage Design & Build Lump Sum dramatically with the schools they replaced. In the first year of the skills legacy scheme, Highlights The result is a new generation of schools 20 new jobs were created for local school • Emphasis on sustainable, low that are stylish and spacious. Three leavers with companies building the new energy buildings architects, Capita Symonds, Ellis Williams schools and some £30 million of contracts and Bradshaw, Gass and Hope are placed with local contractors, generating • Local contractors play a key role responsible for the designs, which have new wealth and employment opportunities in construction earned enthusiastic praise from the local in the area. community. Structurally, bold curving • Jobs for local school leavers stone-faced walls and sweeping rooflines We are also providing mentoring to pupils create a skills legacy set these schools apart from their ageing in local schools, together with careers predecessors. evenings where local businesses talk to Lancashire County Council’s goal is to pupils about future employment raise educational attainment by providing Leadership in Sustainability opportunities. better schools and to simultaneously create a local skills legacy through employment Sustainability plays a vital part in design List of new schools opportunities for school leavers with the and construction, with three key aims, to: contractors working on its new schools. Phase 1 (handed over in September 2008) Minimise the energy consumed Four schools at Burnley (sixth form college, Fourteen schools are due to be built in and Generate renewable energy on site primary, nursery and primary special school around Burnley and Nelson in the Provide sustainability data for teaching provision on the Barden Lane Campus) £250 million first wave of the county’s BSF purposes. program. Shuttleworth Community College At the heart of the schools and their The BSF projects will be the largest single sustainability policies are the latest Two Pendle Vale schools (Pendle Vale investment ever made in Burnley and biomass boilers, fuelled by woodchips College and Pendle Community High Pendle’s education system. sourced from a local business set up School). exclusively for that purpose. The company Teachers, parents and pupils have all been creates new jobs and new wealth for the Phase 2 involved in the design and development area and helps to ensure the schools are Unity College plans for the new schools which are Sir John Thursby Community College carbon neutral in operation. intended to be new focal points for local Ridgewood Community High School communities. School buildings are positioned to provide Marsden Heights Community College maximum exposure to natural light, with large windows to aid natural ventilation and Phase 3 help reduce the need for artificial lighting. A further three schools with construction Other energy-saving measures include beginning in 2010.