Howe Dell Primary School

 Main façade and Entrance

Location:Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Completion: 2007
Pupils (av.): 210
School type: Primary, + Nursery
School web address:


Howe Dell School was designed and built to incorporate many of the latest elements of low carbon design and environmental sustainability. The school is a beacon project for Hertfordshire County Council and an valuable demonstration of how sustainable practice can be integrated into school building design.

Falling within the government’s ‘eco schools’ strategy, Howe Dell features low energy use buildings and a host of renewable energy technologies. Over the life of the project, the school has integrated sustainable principles into an ‘eco-curriculum’ which has already been rated as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

The school has already been assessed as BREEAM Excellent and was selected as one of eight projects used during the development of the new BREEAM for Schools initiative. Howe Dell achieved a level equivalent to the highest BREEAM rating, making it one of the highest achieving pilot schemes.


Facts and Figures

Project scope: 2-storey building + a large landscaped playground + a multi-use games area

Context: Suburban

Building type: off-site new rebuilt

Total sarea:  5000 m2

Gross floor area: 3454m2

Contract value:
£ 8.3m (land and renewables excluded)

Rating: BREEAM Excellent (2007)

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