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News archive - July/August 2018
First Passivhaus secondary school for Wales
Appointments have been awarded for a major £23m all-through Passivhaus secondary school project in Machynlleth, Wales, the first of its kind and the latest big budget education project to be announced through Wales’ 21st Century Schools funding programme.
Procured through the South West Wales Contractors Framework, the winning team for the replacement Ysgol Bro Hyddgen is led by Welsh contractors Dawnus Construction, supported by Architype, global engineering team WSP, and award-winning landscape architects, Churchman Landscape Architects.
The winning design seeks to create an inspirational environment and a sense of progression for pupils in the rural Powys town, which provides ‘cradle to college’ mainstream education from nursery to sixth form. Balancing the changing needs of pupils and staff as they progress through a possible 17 years at the Welsh language school was a key design consideration, as well as the sustainable future for the school, which is underpinned by an innovative Passivhaus design.
The Passivhaus design and delivery offer was the necessary added value approach that won Powys County Council’s stamp of approval. Confidence in the Passivhaus standard has been growing amongst education authorities in Wales since the completion of Burry Port Community Primary school in 2015.
Since then the Dawnus/Architype/WSP collaboration have embarked on a joint venture to develop a low cost, standardised Passivhaus model, in line with Welsh Government well-being aspirations, branded Patrwm 21. Ysgol Bro Hyddgen will be the fifth school project delivered by the Patrwm 21 model since its conception two years ago, evidence of its popularity and potential to replicate on a range of briefs.
Due to complete in September 2020, the new 6,500 sqm school will be built on Ysgol Bro Hyddgen’s current playing fields, with the old school being demolished after occupation to make space for car parking and sporting facilities, including a 3G pitch to provide pupils and the community an accessible ground for team fitness during the wet winter months.