Norwich firm Eco-Classrooms continues success story

08:00 01 October 2014

EDP Business Awards 2013. Pictured: Future50 One to Watch - Eco Classrooms 
Lucy McKay, Mark Camidge, Kevin Horne. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

EDP Business Awards 2013. Pictured: Future50 One to Watch - Eco Classrooms Lucy McKay, Mark Camidge, Kevin Horne. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

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One of the success stories from last year’s EDP Business Awards is continuing to be given top marks by schools across the country.

For the eco-friendly classroom accommodation designed by a Norwich company has been impressing headteachers as far afield as Cornwall and Yorkshire.

Eco-Classrooms, in Yarmouth Road, clinched the One to Watch award open to EDP Future 50 companies last November and architect Rob Hook, one of four founding directors, said their progress had carried on unabated.

“Our turnover has risen from £790,000 in 2013 to £1.1m this year - and we are looking to reach £1.5m in 2015,” he said.

They had been able to extend the hours of their business development manager Lucy McKay and were increasing their volume of work to local contractors.

He said: “We use local consultants and contractors on all the jobs so the money stays in the local economy.”

Eco-Classrooms has won a reputation for accommodation that is a far cry from drafty, leaky old mobiles.

The timber-framed buildings are made of 99pc recyclable materials; standard fittings include air-source heat pumps, sun tubes, energy efficient lighting systems and outstanding levels of insulation to reduce the schools’ energy usage and costs.

Mr Hook said they had become known as an affordable option, offering flexibility in design and quick to install.

He said they had done a lot of work in the London area and staff and pupils at St Matthew’s School in Enfield had been so impressed by their first eco-classroom that they commissioned a second phase classroom as an extension.

He said: “This London project was designed to blend with the surrounding church, vicarage and school.”

A further project at St Paul’s and St Michael’s School in Hackney, East London, now provided a much needed additional classroom for reception pupils.

Citing another project nearing completion in Bedfordshire, he said: “Larkrise Academy commissioned a contemporary L-shaped triple classroom block with common room space.”

“The school choose Eco-Classrooms based on the rapid build time, their expertise in working with schools and proven track record.”

He added that in recent months the company had seen a notable increase in interest from a range of clients and was diversifying into other sectors.

He said: “We have done projects for PCTs, including buildings in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.”


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