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Architype lands £23m Passivhaus all-through school in Wales

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Architype has scooped a £23 million commission for the overhaul of a school in central Wales – set to become the first Passivhaus all-through school in the country

The AJ100 practice will create a 6,500m² replacement for Ysgol Bro Hyddgen to create an ‘inspirational’ environment for pupils from ‘cradle to college’ in the rural market town of Machynlleth.

The new educational facility will be built on existing playing fields with the old school demolished to make space for car parking and sporting facilities including a 3G football pitch.

The AJ understands Architype saw off competition from BDP and Stride Treglown to land the job, the latest education project to be announced through Wales’s 21st Century Schools funding programme.

The winning designs for the Welsh language school, which serves as a gateway to the town, are underpinned by Passivhaus design that won the approval of Powys County Council.

The Passivhaus standard has been growing in popularity among Welsh education authorities since the completion of Burry Port Community Primary school in 2015.

Ysgol Bro Hyddgen will be the fifth school project delivered by low-cost standardised Passivhaus model Patrwm 21, developed in a joint venture between Architype, Dawnus Construction and global engineering team WSP.

The council’s education chief, 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’s first Passivhaus through-school.”

Architype associate director Lee Fordham said: ‘We are delighted to be commencing with our sixth Passivhaus school project in Wales. It is great to see a growing enthusiasm for the standard amongst local authorities in Wales.’

Subject to planning approval the project is due to complete in September 2020.

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Project data

Location Machynlleth, Powys
Type of project School
Client Powys County Council
Architect Architype
Contractor Dawnus Construction
Planning consultant Asbri Planning
Structural engineer WSP
M&E consultant WSP
Landscape Churchman Landscape Architects
Competition won April 2081
Scheduled completion September 2020 
Gross internal floor area 6,500m2 (approx)
Form of contract/procurement Design and Build/ SWW Contractors Framework
Cost £23 million
Predicted energy demands Comply with Passivhaus standards
Environmental targets Passivhaus

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