HLM’s scheme Ysgol Pen Rhos has been selected as a Regional Finalist in the 2019 Civic Trust Awards. All finalists will now be reviewed by the Panels for consideration for a National Award and winners will be announced in December…. fingers crossed.
The new school caters for 420 pupils and 60 nursery children, replaces the former Copperworks Infant Nursery School and Lakefield Primary School. The project sees the regeneration of the former Draka wire factory site, bringing the two schools together onto one site to deliver the new state-of-the-art community focused facility. This major capital investment project provides a 21st Century educational facility within a dynamic and responsive building whilst regenerating and re-integrating a disused and highly-contaminated factory site into the heart of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.
The design team, contractor and client worked closely together to drive the quality of the design from concept to completion. Early client meetings were essential to fully understand the project objectives, constraints and opportunities. A series of design workshops were held to look at ways of enhancing the design and to agree the best solution for positioning of the school to best integrate the development with the existing community, create a sense of place on arrival, encourage ownership from both the community and pupils, as well as to incorporate and provide access to a Flying Start nursery, sports hall, 3G all-weather pitch and multi-use games areas.
The combination of materials used in the design evokes the site’s historical industrial past by referencing local brickwork and the design of the architectural metal work utilised on the roofing and metal wall cladding – looking to Llanelli’s future. The architecture is ‘domestic’ in scale, sensitively responding to the local context and the building use. The new school sits within an existing community and has been designed to look like a residential development with an industrial twist. Where the architectural language is broken, timber has been utilised to define and exaggerate the differences. This approach provides a strong and clear language following the immediate urban context, materiality and specific site history.