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Architype wins planning for Welsh Passivhaus school

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Hereford-based Architype has won planning for a Passivhaus primary school in Wales

Set to become the first Passivhaus educationl building in the country, the project in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire will bring together the town’s infant and junior schools.

The three buildings will accommodate 210 schoolchildren and a 30-space nursery class.

The extension contains four classrooms, two further teaching spaces, a staff and meeting room, and toilet facilities.

Architype’s proposals also include an elliptical 100m² pod building constructed from the timber Brettstapel fabrication method, which the practice pioneered at the Coed y Brenin visitor centre in Snowdonia.

The project is a result of a collaboration between architects at Carmarthenshire County Council and Passivhaus specialist Architype, which has already designed two highly acclaimed schools in Wolverhampton to the stringent energy standard.

The scheme is set to complete in 2015.

The architect’s view

‘Visually the development will evoke a strong connection to nature, from the timber cladding and construction to the wood fibre, ply finishes and brettstapel aesthetic. Met with the profound efficiency of Passivhaus, the new extension will truly reflect the schools commitment to ecology - as members of the eco-schools committee - and will become a benchmark within the region for future sustainable development.

‘Passivhaus schools not only dramatically reduce operational costs (by an average 70 percent), but also improves the happiness and focus of pupils.

‘Regulated by a controlled climate of fresh air, managed temperatures and improved daylight, our precedent schools have benefitted from increased comfort and pupil alertness in learning periods, with a positive knock-on effect on school results.’

Project data

Location Burry Port, Carmarthenshire
Type of project school expansion

Client Carmarthenshire County Council

Architect Architype/in-house Carmarthenshire County Council

Structural engineer Bingham Hall Partnership

M&E consultant Troup Bywaters and Anders
Landscape architect Mackley Davies
Main contractor WRW group
Start on site date Summer 2014
Completion date Autumn 2015
Gross internal floor area 948m2 across three buildings
Form of contract Design & Build
Predicted air tightness levels < 0.6 air changes per hour
Specific environmental targets Passivhaus

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