School fete - St Pancras School

Although Brighton’s Jubilee Library won The Observer’s Ethical Award for Building of the Year last week, St Pancras School gave them a very good run for their money. They came second in this prestigious competition to find 'the best ethically minded UK building project encompassing social inclusiveness, accessibility, the environment and resource conservation' with their new arts and science building, The Ark. Inspiration for the project came from local artist Tom Hammick, the governing body, staff and pupils. The building took 11 months to construct, had a budget of £270,000 and was designed by BBM Sustainable Design. All materials used in the build were environmentally benign and sourced locally - these include wool insulation; sweet chestnut for the ‘glulam’ structure; sustainably managed cedar shingles and geothermal heating.

Now that the Ark has been launched, the school plans to make use of the unused land behind the new building to create a new ‘outside classroom’ that will focus on wildlife and organic vegetables. Funds from its school fete on Sunday will go towards funding this new venture. The theme of the fete is ‘An English Country Garden’, children and adults alike are being asked to dress in theme - as gardeners, fairies, scarecrows etc. The event is being organized by the school’s PTA and as Ann Spruce notes “stalls will include the usual raffle, bric-a-brac, home produce, face painting and so on. We also have some great prizes, generously donated by the local business community.” KA

St Pancras School Ark: aesthetically pleasing, ethically sound
De Montfort Road, Lewes
When? 11am-2pm

St. Pancras School
(t) 01273 472066