Project Overview

Dawnus was awarded this scheme through the City and Council of Swansea’s drive for collaborative scheme development, through the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework (SWWRCF). 

This design and build contract was awarded the 2015 British Safety Council International Safety Award and the 2016 LABC Construction Excellence Award for Best Educational Building. It involved construction of a new build BREEAM Excellent primary school on the grounds of Cwmbwrla Park, Swansea to accommodate 525 mainstream pupils and 75 nursery pupils. The project also includes provision of a Special Teaching Facility for 27 pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties. 

This 21st Century Grant Funded project includes a two-storey, 3499m2 steel framed building with internal courtyard areas. There is a mix of external walls including curtain walling, Trespa panels, render and brickwork, and powder coated aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors. The roof is a mix of standing seam and insulated flat roof built up system comprising metal deck, insulation, ply and single ply membrane. The project involved extensive high specification M&E installation including sprinkler systems, solar panels, heating and ventilation, data links and cabling, and communication lines. 

External works included a sustainable drainage system including a 160m3 attenuation tank, stores, bike racks, landscaping, security fencing, external lighting, off site highway works and car parking. 

As part of the project Dawnus also constructed a Community Pavilion building, separate to the school building. The new pavilion is located on the edge of the park and will be run by Swansea Council. It provides the park with changing room facilities and referee changing rooms, for future community use. 

The project was delivered using BIM Level 2 systems, providing a Project Portal to share the model between the Client, Design and Construction. 3D ‘walkthough visualisation’ was also utilised to deliver public consultation meetings with Swansea Council to present ideas and receive feedback.

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Contract Period

72 weeks