Whitecross High School
Stepnell Ltd/Herefordshire Council
- BCSE Best of British Schools Award for the Test of Time, 2012
- BCSE Industry Award for Greening the School Community, 2008
- The National Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice & Sustainable Development, 2007
- Local Authority Building Control National Award for the Best Sustainable Innovation, 2007
It was developed under the PFI initiative with Stepnell Ltd. The form and design of the school is heavily determined by a strong sustainability agenda with natural lighting, green roofs, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems and the use of thermal mass to stabilize temperatures. The school has been inspected by BRE and has been proven to be one of the lowest energy schools in the country and with the best internal comfort levels. The school was named as the first secondary school in the country to achieve “Secured By Design” and has been visited by delegates from around the country and enablers from CABE.
Photography by Dennis Gilbert/View and Morley Von Sternberg