Passivhaus Affiliate

Award winning Burry Port Primary certified

The 1st Passivhaus school in Wales, designed by PHT Patron Architype, has received certification and been recognised for its strong sustainability credentials with a flurry of recent award wins. 

Burry Port Primary School

Photo credit: ©LeighSimpsonPhotographer

It scooped the following awards:

  • RSAW Welsh Architecture Award
  • RSAW Sustainability Award
  • RSAW Project Architect of the Year went to Andrew Tidy, Projects Delivery Team Leader within the council's Property Design section, jointly with George Mikurcik of Architype.

The school uses welsh timber and is also the first in the UK to be built with Brettstapel.

A superb example of collaboration between the client, Carmarthenshire County Council, the architect, Architype and the School, working together as one to achieve a high quality, inspirational educational environment for both the pupils and the staff and a source of aspiration to others…. This is an extremely sensitive, very carefully considered building that focuses on health and wellbeing and sets the bar higher for the schools of the future. All credit to the local authority for recognizing the importance of achieving excellence of design within inevitable budget constraints. Their choice of architect was inspired, the resulting building is inspiring.

RIBA Judges

The development is also shortlisted in four categories for the Constructing Excellence Awards in Wales. A huge congratulations to all involved. 


Key team

Project Owner/Client: Carmarthenshire County Council

Architect: Architype & Carmarthenshire CC 

M&E, Environmental: Troup Bywaters & Anders

M&E, PassivhausElemental Solutions and Alan Clarke

Contractor: WRW Group

Structural Engineer: Bingham Hall Partnership



Further Information

RIBA – Burry Port Primary School

Previous PHT story: Burry Port School pioneers Brettstapel and aims for Passivhaus – 24 November 2015

10th May 2016

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