Bexhill High School

Devereux Architects, East Sussex , 2010


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  • Front facade    
  • Exterior daytime view    
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  • Heart space and ETFE roof    
  • Interior of a learning pod    
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Secondary school for 1650 pupils featuring learning zones and a central covered 'heart' space

The design is based on Swedish and Danish education models, and is the first BSF scheme in the country with a transformational approach to teaching and learning.

Traditional ‘stand and speak’ classrooms are replaced 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 and around a central ‘heart’ space within the building envelope. The internal courtyard is spanned by an ETFE roof measuring over 1400m2.

The school building meets the government’s 60 per cent carbon reduction target through a variety of environmental strategies, including natural ventilation and lighting throughout, as well as integrated photovoltaic cells and thermal mass. It has also achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.


  • Begun: Nov 2008
  • Completed: Nov 2010
  • Floor area: 13,600m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £33M
  • Procurement: BSF One School Pathfinder (through the IESE framework)
  • Address: Gunters Lane, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex , TN39 4BY, United Kingdom

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