Named the ‘Best Designed Building in Wales’, 2017.
Winner of the highly prestigious National Eisteddfod of Wales ‘Gold Medal for Architecture’, Ysgol Bae Baglan is a landmark scheme for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. It consolidates three comprehensives and one primary school to accommodate 1400 pupils between the ages of 3 and 16 on one site, in a single facility.
The core central spaces are designed for flexibility and provide exciting opportunities for school and community use over the extended school day. The large performance hall can be opened up onto the dining area which in turn connects to a generous, colourful external courtyard at the heart of the school.
The school is highly sustainable, achieving a BREEAM excellent rating and incorporating over 20000 m² of photovoltaic panels. The sports hall façade functions as a large transpired solar collector which passively pre-heats air to warm the building, reducing running costs.
BIM collaboration was key to the success of the project. Architectural, MEP and structural design consultancies all developed their digital building models early in the project to ensure the design proposals were fully coordinated. The contractor’s supply chain also contributed to the model during construction, embedding key asset data for future reference by the client’s facilities management team post completion.
Head teacher, Mike Tate said
“I’m thrilled with what we’ve produced and I’m very proud, not only of the building for the pupils, but of how the building is operating and really transforming the community.”
Mary Wrenn, Director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW)
“At Ysgol Bae Baglan, the architects Stride Treglown have created a real sense of place and local distinctiveness. In particular, the magnificent central hub of multi-purpose spaces at the core of the school provides a fine gathering and sharing space.
This is an impressive example of engagement and commitment between experienced architects and an enlightened client.”