Two sheltered internal courtyards provide quiet outside space and bring daylight into the centre of the building
Building work has been completed on the new home for Burlais Primary School at Cwmbwrla Park in Swansea. The new two storey school building, which was completed in September 2015, will accommodate over 500 pupils, provide 75 nursery places and a 27 place special teaching facility. The original school was formed in 2011 from the former Manselton and Cwmbwrla primary schools and it was split over two sites, with buildings in a significant state of disrepair in both locations. The Council had identified the need for these buildings to be replaced and for the school to be relocated onto a single larger site more capable of meeting the school’s needs.
Its new home, Cwmbwrla Park, is situated centrally within the catchment area north of Swansea City Centre, within the residential suburb of Cwmbwrla and is an ideal location for the development of the school. This site ensures the school is retained within its community and will allow access to external teaching spaces and playing fields. It will provide a sustainable, 21st Century school environment where high standards of learning and teaching can be achieved.
The proposed development includes hard play areas, two games courts, junior basketball and netball courts together with landscaped soft play areas.As part of the proposed development, the existing sports changing pavilion is being demolished and relocated closer to the proposed new car park. The two existing sports pitches will be available for school use and will be brought into full use for local teams.
The new school is highly sustainable and incorporates two sheltered internal courtyards, the first providing quiet outside space for the early years pupils and the second bringing daylight into the centre of the building to illuminate the generous central ‘learning lounge’ resource space around which classrooms are clustered.