Rebuilding a fire damaged school, on time and on budget
This school in Gorseinon, S Wales was devastated by fire in 2006, destroying two thirds of its buildings. This created the need to move quickly to create a masterplan that would not only include the replacement building as a first phase, but that could lead to on to redevelopment of the rest of the site as funds became available. Despite the urgency of the project, the scheme was developed in full consultation with school staff and governors. The new school building houses design technology, art, science, music, and IT centres. In addition a new library, administration, dining and special teaching facilities are included.
The three main blocks, which clearly define the boundaries of the school functions, are linked by a top lit central street serving all levels. Breaking the plan into three forms has allowed use of a variety of materials including steel cladding, a masonry rain screen, brickwork and through-coloured render. The new school building was opened on time and on budget, only three years after the fire. Penyrheol Comprehensive School was chosen to be one of the featured projects on the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and local government 21st Century Schools Programme collaboration website:
Penyrheol Comprehensive School was completed and handed over last month and in my opinion was nothing short of a resounding success that was testament to the outstanding team effort from everyone on the Project team. The scheme was delivered on time and to budget and has still produced a seminal building that is testament to the fantastic architectural input from the brilliant team at Stride Treglown.
I would like to personally thank Strides firstly for your ingenuity and skill in designing a building that is fit for purpose and also inspiring to everyone who works and learns within it; and secondly for your time and patience in effectively dealing with a diverse and sometimes difficult group of stakeholders. I firmly believe that the building will be as imposing and inspiring in 30 years time as it is today.
Geraint Flowers, Project Manager City & County of Swansea