14 May 2018

Dawnus has recently been awarded the design and build contract to deliver the £23m Ysgol Bro Hyddgen replacement all-through school in Machynlleth for Powys County Council. The project is jointly funded by Powys County Council and Welsh Government 21st Century School Programme and is the 13th project to be awarded to Dawnus under the 21st Century School Band A investment programme.

This award strengthens our relationships with the Powys County Council team, who we have been working with over the last 9 months on the design of two new primary schools in Welshpool.

Portfolio holder for Education, Cllr Myfanwy Alexander said; “Powys County Council are delighted to announce our ambitious plans for education in Machynlleth.  The education communities have already embraced the advantages of an all-through school and this new delivery model will in future take place in Wales’ first passivhaus through school. Dawnus have embraced our aspirations and it is most fitting that Machynlleth, an area with an unrivalled tradition of energy conservation research, is home to this visionary development”

Ysgol Bro Hyddgen is set to be the first Passivhaus accredited all-through school in the UK, and represents a major advancement in Dawnus’ environmental led building designs. The project will be the fifth school delivered using the innovative Patrwm 21 model, a pattern book approach to streamline the delivery of Passivhaus 21st Century Schools in Wales.

Patrwm21 was developed by Dawnus and consultant partners Architype, WSP and The Urbanists, in response to Welsh Government’s desire to achieve better educational outcomes from the 21st Century School investment programme. The first generation of Patrwm 21 schools include the recently completed Ysgol Trimsaran and Ysgol Parc y Tywyn, for Carmarthenshire County Council, who we worked collaboratively with to develop and mature the Patrwm 21 model. The Patrwm 21 team have since been awarded the three school projects in Powys, which will strengthen the Patrwm 21 product and continue the delivery of sustainable schools across Wales. Patrwm 21 has recently been shortlisted for the Innovation Constructing Excellence Wales Award.

Director Matthew Morgan said: “Dawnus are now able to quote actual energy savings for our Passivhaus schools, with the first project – Trimsaran Community Primary School – yielding around a 74% saving in prime energy usage since it opened in September 2017. Machynlleth as a town has a tradition for sustainable development as championed by the Centre for Alternative Technology and Dawnus pattern book Passivhaus offer was received very positively by the tender assessors, and scored maximum points in the quality assessment of technical solution. This award represents a major advancement in Dawnus’ environmental led building designs."