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Darwen Vale High School

This award-winning reconfigured school in Blackburn offers 1,200 pupils a flexible, IT-rich environment, designed to transform teaching and learning. A new three-storey structure houses four learning environments: STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering), TEAM (English and Maths), Create (Art, Music & P.E.) and Communicate (Languages, History, Geography and R.E.). The retained 1930s element accommodates key spaces such as the school library. After school hours the fitness suite, sports hall, upgraded pitches and courts are open to the public, as are classrooms for adult learning. This BREEAM 'Excellent' project has a low carbon emissions output, fulfilling its environmental expectations.

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  • Sector


  • Location

    Lancashire, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Balfour Beatty

  • Size

    10,150 sqm

  • Cost

    £23 million

  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect
    Ramboll, Structural Engineer
    Hoare Lea, Services Engineer
    Turner & Townsend, Cost Consultant
    Balfour Beatty, Project Manager and Contractor
    Plinke, Landscape Design

  • Status

    Completed 2012

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