School embraces 21st century design
12:02pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A WELSH medium primary school in Barry is to make strides into the 21st century with a new build – the first of its kind in Wales.
ISG and Stride Treglown’s highly flexible FORM model school has secured major backing from the Vale Council, which has selected the design concept for its new £2.7 million Nant Talwg school, The Colcot.
The project represents the first practical application of a model school template in the country.
Ysgol Nant Talwg will be ISG and Stride Treglown’s fifth model school, with successfully completed projects at Old Sarum and Amesbury Archer in Wiltshire, Jennetts Park in Berkshire and St Martin’s in Devon.
The jointly developed FORM school delivers modern, dynamic and affordable education space.
Construction is set to begin on a site next to the existing Ysgol Nant Talwg, which has outgrown its current facilities.
The single entry school will accommodate 210 pupils and a nursery, with the single-storey steel frame building also incorporating a spacious central hub area, multi-use hall, office space and meeting rooms.
The temporary existing teaching accommodation will be re-located to a different site when the new school opens in time for the start of the 2014 academic year and new hard and soft play areas will be created alongside an attractive landscaping scheme.
The FORM school will achieve a BREEAM Excellent environmental performance rating, with true lean construction design, natural ventilation and, at Ysgol Nant Talwg, roof mounted photovoltaic cells to generate emission free electricity. The design maximises daylight levels with its generously proportioned classroom windows and roof lights illuminating the central hub.
Vale Council cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Chris Elmore said the school represented a pioneering and innovative local authority project that was certain to be closely scrutinised by many Welsh councils.
He said: “The decision to procure the school outside the more typical framework route ideally suits this new school design ethos, resulting in significant savings and efficiencies and actively supporting the Welsh Government’s (WG) 21st Century Schools programme agenda.”