Bideford College

NPS Group, Devon, 2010


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Secondary school for 1800 students, which provides facilities for IT, sports, art, community use and adult learning

A central white block contains academic facilities such as sports hall with tiered bleacher seating for up to 440 spectators, dining room and a 340 person capacity theatre, which are available for community use outside school hours.

Six parallel colour-coded blocks containing flexible teaching spaces run from this central white block. Between each coloured block is an open space that the rooms on the ground floor open onto.

Outside there are areas for the students to congregate as well as a long, open space for the whole school to assemble.

Sustainable measures including a biomass heating system, automatic windows controlled by an energy management system, and a sedum green roof have helped the school achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

The school was constructed on the playing field of the existing school and the site of the old buildings have been replaced with outdoor sports facilities including a floodlit, artificial turf pitch.


  • Begun: Jul 2008
  • Completed: Jul 2010
  • Floor area: 17,690m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £45M
  • Procurement: NEC3 Option C
  • CO2 Emissions: 10.6kg/m2/year
  • Address: Abbotsham Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3AR, United Kingdom

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