Project Overview

Following successful delivery of several school building projects for Pembrokeshire County Council, Dawnus were selected once again to construct a new 2300m2, BREEAM Excellent, 290-pupil community school, merging two separate primaries.

Difficult ground conditions required the excavation of over 4000 tonnes of igneous rock, which was crushed and re-used on site, reducing the site carbon footprint. During this process effective engagement with neighbours was key to communicate and agree timings of the noisy rock excavation period. 

Construction work comprised erection of a structural steel frame supported by reinforced concrete strip and pad foundations, and a reinforced concrete slab. The cavity wall exhibits mixed surfaces of rendered and face brickwork, with elements of locally sourced Welsh Sweet Chestnut cladding. Finishes include aluminium windows/screens and external doors, a steel composite roof, mechanical and electrical services and incorporation of all fittings and furniture throughout.

External works comprised highway remodelling, services, drainage, external play areas and landscaping, including the construction of a multi-use games area (MUGA).

The building is completely naturally ventilated and the teaching areas have high levels of natural light from large screens and numerous rooflights. The school produces over 50% of the electricity it uses and incorporates solar hot water, materials with high levels of recycled content as well as rainwater harvesting.

The project attained a string of awards including the 2011 Gold RoSPA Award for the exemplary Health and Safety performance of the site team, the 2012 LABC Award for Best Sustainable Project, the 2012 LABC Award for Best Education Building and 2012 CLAW Building of the Year Award.

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Pembrokeshire County Council



Project Value


Contract Period

77 weeks