Inverclyde Council’s proposed brief aimed to provide a modern, sustainable, flexible, well equipped new Secondary school on the site of the Ravenscraig blaze football pitches. Located within a valley in the town of Greenock the new school consolidates Wellington and Greenock High Schools into one new site accommodating up to 1100 pupils. The Inverclyde Academy pre-empts the Council’s PPP programme and acts as an exemplar school which has informed the design of the subsequent schools. It was the aspiration of both Inverclyde Council and the design team to provide an exceptionally high quality and sustainable education facility that would inspire the pupils and staff that use the school on a daily basis. The design for the new school embraced the clients sustainable agenda and it has been calculated that the CO2 output for Inverclyde Academy is approximately half that required by Building Regulations. This unprecedented reduction has been achieved by measures which include the maximisation of daylighting and natural ventilation to occupied spaces and the installation of a 50KW wind turbine on the site.