Sustainable design award for Bideford College

A green college in Devon has won an award for its sustainable design that includes a living roof and woodchip biomass boiler.

Devon County Council’s new Bideford College has been named as the most sustainable school design in the national Excellence in Building Schools for the Future Awards.

Bideford College and its landscape was designed by an in-house team at Devon County Council – Devon Property.

Devon County Council developed the £54m project with NPS South West property consultants.

The Centre for Energy and Environment at the University of Exeter worked on the plans to identify the best position for the buildings to make use of natural light and heat and on their overall sustainability.

Bideford College, set to open in July 2010, will have a woodchip biomass boiler as the main heat source and a living roof on which wildflowers and sedums are seeded to create additional new habitats and encourage insects and garden birds.

Winter gardens will be created throughout internal courtyards, while external courtyards provide gathering and teaching spaces.

A sustainable drainage system will allow the building to capture and recycle a large percentage of rainwater into high-use areas such as toilets.

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