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Winner of Wales's best building announced

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A £40 million ’super school’ in Port Talbot by Stride Treglown has won the National Eisteddfod of Wales’s Gold Medal for Architecture 

The school, called Ysgol Bae Baglan, brought together three comprehensives and one primary school on one site, and houses a total 1,400 pupils aged three to 16. 

The practice, which has an office in Cardiff, won the accolade ahead of AHR’s three-storey Rhyl High School in Denbighshire; the £44 million Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) by IBI Group; and the five-bed Silver House on the Gower Peninsula by Wales and Netherlands-based Hyde + Hyde Architects. 

Gwyn Lloyd Jones from Studio Egret West, who judged the award with Geraint Roberts from DarntonB3, said: ’Ysgol Bae Baglan combines a high aspiration of uniting a local community with a dynamic architecture statement.

’Situated on a flat site, the roof form replicates the surrounding hills and makes the building approachable and welcoming. The classrooms are spacious with abundant natural light, while the long school corridor has a curved and playful shape. It is hoped that the school will become a focal point for the long term development of the area helping to bring the community together.’

RSAW director Mary Wrenn said: ’At Ysgol Bae Baglan, the architects Stride Treglown have created a real sense of place and local distinctiveness. In particular, the magnificent central hub of multi-purpose spaces at the core of the school provides a fine gathering and sharing space.

’This is an impressive example of engagement and commitment between experienced architects and an enlightened client.’

Last year the award was picked up by Hall + Bednarczyk’s Llandegfedd Visitor and Watersports Centre near Pontypool.  

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  • Going by images 3/8 and 4/8 it's unclear why the CUBRIC building might have been in the running for the prize.

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