Earl Mortimer College, Leominster

Client: Herefordshire Council
Contract Value: £20m
Programme: 107 weeks
Completion Date: December 2010
Form of Contract: JCT Design & Build 2005
Contracts Manager: Alan Lyons
Quantity Surveyor: John McCarthy
Site Manager: Gerald Robins
Architect: Haverstock Associates
Engineer: Upton McGougan Ltd

This new build secondary school (formerly known as The Minster College) was let to Stepnell following a true design and build tender as part of the BSF Pathfinder Scheme. Delivering very high energy efficiencies and a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM for Schools rating, this complex building was constructed in live school environment between the existing school and its sports pitches causing interface issues that had to be very carefully managed.

In committing to a fixed price contract, Stepnell worked with the Authority on any changes or variations that were needed to accommodate the changing needs of the school through the project duration. This scheme shows the benefit of open partnership and comprehensive site management.

The innovation that Stepnell brought to the Earl Mortimer College was the provision of one of the best learning environments in the country through management of glare and solar gain, and the flexibility in control of ventilation and heating. This provided an exceptional environment in which the students of Leominster could learn without a high energy demand.

This scheme was built on the back of experience gained at Whitecross High School, an award winning project, including the Local Authority Building Control Award for Best Sustainability Innovation (2007).

The building incorporates sustainable urban drainage, sustainable energy generation (wind turbine), heat recovery through use of heat exchange in the ventilation equipment.

Alongside the construction, Stepnell led The Minister College Training Initiative. The initiative was designed to provide greater opportunities for young people and adults in development and training activities. The initiative also sought to improve workforce performance and productivity, address the industry’s skills shortage and lead to world class standards.

By the end of July 2010, 520 student site visits had taken place together with around 100 adult site visits. Along side this, another 83 students had attended site on work placements, making a total of over 700 work placement days. 

Key Features

  • Highly energy efficient
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Wind turbine
  • Heat recovery system
  • BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating
  • Winner of the WMCCE Integration & Collaboration Award 2010
  • Working within a live school environmentorking within a live school environment