This project, awarded under the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework, saw the construction of a purpose designed new build, 311-person primary school with associated external works and car parking. The project was split into two stages; phase one involved the completion of the new school and phase two involved the demolition of the existing Glan-Y-Mor school, with reinstatement of the playing fields on the footprint.
The new 2856m² predominantly single-storey building was constructed on a green field site which previously served as the playing fields for the existing school. Construction comprised an efficient and sustainable Structural Insulated Panel system (SIPs) building fabric with some steel frame infill placed on a large concrete raft type foundation. SIP panels were used for the walls and the roof, made off site in a factory and assembled on site, resulting in less waste and faster construction.
Once construction was completed, we demolished the old school building and built two rugby pitches and a MUGA in its place, utilising over 3,800 tonnes of site won topsoil and diverting this from landfill.
Features of the new school include photovoltaic cells, underfloor heating, green roofs and a rainwater harvesting system, which have contributed to the building achieving a BREEAM rating of Excellent and an A rated EPC.
Completion of the new school building was achieved in time for the Autumn 2013 term when pupils from Glan Y Mor, Tir Morfa Primary Schools and Ty Afan Primary Centre moved into the new state-of-the-art facility.
This project won the 2014 LABC Award Wales for Best Education Building, went on to be Highly Commended in the Welsh finals and was also a finalist in the 2015 RICS Community Benefits and Design through Innovation Awards.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council