Enhancing communities
Improving the environment
Working Together

Project description

Trumpington Community College provides a modern and efficient learning environment mixing contemporary architecture with energy-saving design.

Centred round an atruium surrounded by flexible use classrooms, the college features a community sports hall, changing rooms, dance studio, multi-use games area and a full size all-weather sports pitch.

The building uses natural ventilation and day lighting combined with photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps to maximise energy efficiency. This approach to environmental responsibility continues beyond the build, with two year post-occupancy evaluations taking place to monitor the facility’s performance. This is complemented by a soft landings programme to ensure the staff, teachers and pupils settle into their building.

Responsible business

Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

The positive legacy brought about by this project inspired the team to create other legacies during the build. Work placements helped introduce students to new skills, and college students shadowed our team to learn about careers in construction.

‘Open door’ events invited the community in and helped to generate excitement around the build, and the team supported a week long community project to refurbish the neighbouring YMCA unit, donating 224 volunteer hours to the project.
Improving the environment

Improving the environment

The project is designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and an EPC A rating, making it one of the most sustainable secondary school campuses in the region. The building also exceeds air tightness regulations.
Working together with our supply chain

Working together with our supply chain

Through early customer engagement we were able to bring in supply chain partners at design stage. Through value engineering we were able to save the project a total of £2.5 million.


The specification and vision for this school set the highest levels for quality in construction.

Site levels posed another huge challenge. A compatively high increase of 1.2 metres was needed to prevent flood risk and maximise drainage into local attenuated ponds.


“There is a great sense of excitement about this stunning site. This is just a fantastic facility to have, not just for the school, but for the community as well.”

John Jones
Head of School, Trumpington Community College