Nottingham City Council's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has been shortlisted for three categories in the annual Excellence in BSF awards. The awards celebrate achievement in all areas of the national programme to transform education. Expert judges have selected Nottingham to compete with top BSF projects for 'Best design for a new school', 'Best design for a re-modelled school' and 'Local Education Partnership of the Year'. The judges included national representatives from the design community, construction industry, educationalists, students and BSF delivery partners. Big Wood School, in Warren Hill, is being completely rebuilt as part of the council's multi-million pound BSF programme and is shortlisted for the 'Best design for a new school' award. Big Wood is the first new build BSF school to open in Nottingham. Last month, Vernon Coaker, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, officially opened the new 'English and expressive arts', 'science and world studies' and 'maths, IT and design' blocks. Each of the teaching blocks opens out onto a curriculum garden, outdoor learning spaces with unique features.
For example, the 'English and expressive arts' garden has an amphitheatre, the 'maths, IT and design' garden features a giant chess board and the 'science and world studies' garden features an area of natural habitat. In the centre of each block is a 'heart space' which can be used for learning or as social space for pupils. Work is now underway on the completion of the construction programme which involves building a new entrance and sports hall. This final phase is due to be completed in June 2010. Hadden Park High School in Bilborough is being completely remodelled as part of the council's BSF programme and is the school shortlisted for the 'Best design for a re-modelled school' award. Construction work started in July 2008 and the first phase of work was completed in February 2009 when teachers and pupils moved into the newly built Year 7 base. The second phase of work was completed in the summer of 2009 and last month, teachers and pupils started making use of re-modelled science, English and modern foreign languages areas. Work is now underway on the final phase of the construction programme that will re-model the humanities, business, ICT and main entrance areas.