The ‘handover’ took place on 12 April for the 800-place John Ferneley secondary school commissioned by Leicestershire County Council and designed by White Design with Willmott Dixon Construction.

The building achieved its target of a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certificate and received an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of ‘B’ for the ‘as built’ stage. White Design will be working with the school as they become familiar with the sustainable technologies and building management system to help them achieve a similarly impressive ‘in use’ EPC score in the first years of the building’s operation.

John Humphries, Construction Manager at Leicestershire County Council’s Property Services said White Design had achieved “an excellent result”.

“Without doubt the scheme will become a national benchmark in Education design and more importantly will provide stimulus to all who work within it,” he told the company.

“Iconic status can sometimes drive architects to solutions that are inappropriate and self indulgent; but at JF I believe you have delivered a ‘classy subtlety’ which is evident both externally and internally.”

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