Howe Dell School described as Hertfordshires first eco-school, which will help to promote the use of recycled materials in educational buildings, has been officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.
While the schools main attraction, in green terms, is its interseasonal heat transfer system which heats the school by absorbing the suns heat through pipes laid under the playground, the building also uses a range of recycled materials and products throughout.
Wet play worktops and library desk tops are made from recycled plastic yogurt pots and piping, while the reception desk is made from distinctive recycled mobile phones from Smilie Plastics.
The acoustic floor underlay to the first floor is made from recycled tyres and the carpet tiles contain recycled nylon from Interface.
In a theatrical nod to the sites past use as an airfield, small squares of recycled glass have been set into the driveway to reproduce the impression of runway lights.
The building was commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council, project managed by Mace and designed by Capita Architecture.
Image: Howe Dell School.
Photographer: Peter Durant