THEY CALL IT the “classroom of the future”. From the air it looks like a spaceship or a moon colony, but this is the most futuristic and possibly the most ecological classroom in the UK.

St Francis of Assisi primary school, in Notting Hill, London, was inspired by the Eden Project in Cornwall, and work began on it three years ago. Built of recycled materials, it contains a plant biosphere, an observatory, a greenhouse and built-in recycling chutes. It is currently installing photo voltaic panels which will allow it to be self-sufficient in energy – hopefully generating enough to sell back to ...


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