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Cotton End Primary School, Bedford

Creating a new innovative learning environment in Bedford

Our team of education specialists are transforming Cotton End primary School in Bedford, creating 630 new school places within a unique setting embedded on the edge of a community forest.

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The existing school is based in a small Victorian Building but the new site will include a specially designed meadow, market, riverbank and woodland pavilions as well as an outdoor amphitheatre so that students and learn both inside and out. The site also provides several biodiversity enhancements, comprising a network of swales, drainage headwalls, permeable pond, grass seeded amphitheatre, ornamental shrub planting, mixed wildflower turf seeding, specimen tree planting and retention of existing trees and hedgerows.

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The £9.7 Million project, designed by Lungfish Architects and procured through the Scape Major Works England and Northern Ireland Framework, will create a new build school, made up of 5 blocks suitable for 630 pupils. The school is designed to be integrated within its environment and will create a cutting-edge learning environment for students.

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Chris Tredget, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the Northern Home Counties said:

“It is really fantastic to be working on this innovative project for Bedford Borough Council, creating new cutting-edge learning facilities for the local community and an inspiring place for students to learn.”


  • Unique setting on edge of community forest
  • Indoor and outdoor learning spaces
  • Specially designed meadow, market, riverbank and woodland pavilions




Willmott Dixon House, 80 Wilbury Way, Hitchin, Herts


Tel: 01462 442200

Fax: 01462 442204