vHH design integrates shared facilities for community groups and support for lifelong learning inside and outside the school. It aims to be an exemplar of: “Using Education and related community services as a means of changing attitudes and behaviour to foster respect and communal action” Smith Institute
Set in a model sustainable development, on a brownfield former industrial site, the school follows and feeds into these environmental credentials. Biodiversity is encouraged through living roofs providing habitat for invertebrates. Further, the diverse range of habitats within the landscape design, using local, native species, are a valuable learning resource for the school.
Rain gardens and swales feeding into site-wide rainwater storage ponds, create a vibrant environment and Sustainable Urban Drainage, SUDS, that matches ‘greenfield’ run-off rates by using on-site attenuation.