Cotton End Forest School

Sector: Education
Status: Completed February 2019

We’re creating something very special at Cotton End. A flagship £9.5m project for Lungfish and Bedford Borough Council, it’s a beautiful, innovative forest school about to transform the way a community grows. We’ll be giving a tiny village school an incredible new home, creating 686 much-needed new school places and inspiring a generation to learn from the world around them.

About the project

From the start, Bedford Borough Council sought us out for this project and believed in our forest school concept. Together, we’ve taken the school on a hugely positive design journey, shaping the design around their ideas, creating something exceptional on a local authority budget in partnership with Willmott Dixon and Scape.

The existing school is squeezed into an old Victorian building, but on this brand new site, on the edge of a community forest, we’re carving out a new kind of learning environment. The children will learn inside and out, in specially designed meadow, market, riverbank and woodland pavilions, as well as a vast outdoor amphitheatre. We’ve also created cutting-edge teacher training facilities to help the school achieve landmark national support status. It’s a project that’s inspiring everyone involved – and the children can’t wait to move in.