Ecclesbourne School, Derby

Ecclesbourne School, Derby

Key Facts

Year Completed







Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd

Build Type

New Build

Breeam Rating


The project in Derby comprised the removal of the existing outdoor swimming pool and half of the all-weather tennis courts to construct a new multi-use sports hall with associated changing facilities for both indoor activities and outdoor sports. This freed up the existing gym space to be converted into a new refectory and dining hall for the school. The building also included dance and fitness studios and sports science teaching room.

The facility was on a tight triangular site at the end of the campus with difficult constraints for both foul and storm water with SuDs being a must for the Environment Agency. All rainwater run off from the roofs was collected in a series of shallow swales at the rear of the building and eventually discharged into the River Ecclesbourne via an existing drain.

The main structure is of single storey steel frame with lightweight monopitch roofs. The building was located on the edge of the flood plain and so the floor level had to be raised to suit the Environment Agency requirements.

Key Challenges

External walls to the building comprise block work cavity walls with render, curtain walling and Prodema rain screen cladding panels. A particular feature of the building is the raking curtain walling to the main entrance which provided a challenge with regards support requirements.

BWB Key Contacts

Glenn Foulk
Glenn Foulk
Technical Manager
Ecclesbourne School, Derby