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Architype, Dawnus and WSP appointed for first Passivhaus through school

Ysgol Bro Hyddgen render | ArchitypeYsgol Bro Hyddgen | Architype

Following their success with the recently completed Trimsaran Primary and other Passivhaus schools in Wales, PHT Patron member Architype together with Dawnus Construction and WSP have been appointed by Powys County Council to take forward the £23 million new Bro Hyddgen school project in Machynlleth. 

It will be Wales’ first Passivhaus through school, accommodating 590 pupils aged 3-18, and is due to open its doors in September 2020. The 6500m² building will go up on Ysgol Bro Hyddgen’s current playing fields, with the old school due to make way for a new 3G pitch and parking facilities after occupation.

The project utilises a standardised construction model for Passivhaus schools developed by Architype, Dawnus and WSP and enabled by the enthusiasm of the Welsh Government and local council for well-being and sustainable design. Called Patrwm21, its name combines the Welsh word for ‘pattern’ with the forward-looking 21 in reference to the 21st Century Schools funding programme. The Passivhaus standard ensures low ongoing costs for the local authority, as well as creating a healthy environment for learning, with optimised temperatures in classrooms all year round and low levels of CO2. Timber for structure and cladding are sourced from Wales, so giving support to the local economy as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the build.

The future of the construction industry at Trimsaran | ArchitypeThe future of the construction industry at Trimsaran | Architype

This pattern book solution is built on evidence-based design and cost analysis, utilising Architype’s close monitoring results from previous school projects, and it already has a proven track record. Trimsaran Primary School, the first school to be constructed using the framework, has recorded a 74% reduction in primary energy usage since opening in September last year. Three other school projects are underway, with Parc y Tywyn in Carmarthenshire to be ready for the new school year this September, and two more primaries in Powys, Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng and Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School also in the portfolio.

While Patrwm21 has been developed for the Welsh context, Architype continue to trailblaze Passivhaus schools across England too. The UK’s largest Passivhaus school, first Passivhaus secondary school, and one of the first Passivhaus Plus non-domestic buildings in the country is currently under construction in Hackbridge, Sutton. The Harris Academy is due to welcome its 1,275 pupils into the new building in September 2019, but you can get a sneak peek on July 19 with a site visit organised by UKGBC.


Further information

Previous PHT Story: Award winning Burry Port Primary certified -10 May 2016

Previous PHT Story: Passivhaus Schools -13 February 2017


25th June 2018

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