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Architype completes £3.8m Passivhaus school extension


Architype has taken the wraps off this 1,993m2 timber-framed school in Burry Port, Wales

The £3.8 million scheme, which is set to become the first Passivhaus in Wales, has united Burry Port’s existing infant and junior schools.

The project has added two new timber-clad buildings and renovated the school’s existing 1980s building.

The first of the two new buildings has been designed to accommodate key-stage two pupils, and comprises of four new classrooms alongside two further teaching spaces, staff and meeting room facilities.

A new ‘multi-use pod’ has been added between the new and old buildings. This elliptical-shaped space acts as a recreation and performance space.

Both new buildings have been constructed from Welsh timber and the pod building is the UK’s first brettstapel school building.

Originating from Germany, Brettstapel is a construction technique which uses unglued low-grade timber to create solid walls.


Project data

Location Burry Port, Llanelli (Carmarthenshire County)
Type of project 2 new school buildings to extend existing school site and renovation to existing 1980s building
Client Carmarthenshire County Council
Architect Architype / Carmarthenshire County Council
Landscape architect Mackley Davies Associates
Structural engineer Bingham Hall Partnership
M&E consultant Troup Bywaters & Anders
Timber frame Cygnum Timber Frame
Main contractor WRW Group
Acoustician ION Acoustics
Funding 21st Century Schools Programme
Completion date August 2015
Start date on-site August 2014
Gross internal floor area 1,993m2 over 3 buildings
Form of contract/procurement Design & Build
Cost £3.8 million
Air tightness levels (n50) 0.56 air changes per hour @ 50Pa
Predicted energy demands heating demand 15kWh/m2.a, primary energy demand 120kWh/m2.a
Specific environmental target Passivhaus (awaiting certification)


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  • Acharacle primary school was first!


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  • Brettstapel building that is.

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