Ysgol Hafod Lon Newydd: Penrhyndeudraeth

Client Gwynedd Council
Contract Value £13m
Architect B3 Architects
Length of Contract 78 Weeks
BREEAM Predicted Excellent

Wynne Construction has been appointed by Gwynedd Council to build the brand-new school for pupils with special educational needs from the Meirionnydd and Dwyfor areas of the county.

With an overall cost of £13 million, the new facility that will be located at Penrhyndeudraeth will include modern and well equipped classrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, therapy rooms, sensory equipment, suitable outdoor areas for play and learning and a garden and café where the older children can develop entrepreneurial skills. The project that will also include a six-bed residential unit, which will allow pupils to stay for long or short periods of time, giving their families much needed respite. This important provision will mean that far fewer children will have to go outside Gwynedd to receive elements of their care and education.

The school is to be constructed to BREEAM Excellent standards. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.

A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building's specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

This project has adopted several approaches to achieving the score of Excellent and to construct a very energy efficient building, including:

Fabric First Approach (low U values)
BIOMASS Heating Systems
Rainwater Harvesting
Low Water Demand Sanitary Installations
Sedum Green Roofing System

Community Information

Children visiting the new school (filmed in October 2016) -
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Courtesy of Gwynedd Council

Keeping the Benefit Local (filmed in June 2016) -
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Courtesy of Gwynedd Council

Newsletter - April 2015 - English (PDF file)
Newyddlen - Ebrill 2015 - Cymraeg (PDF file)

Newsletter - July 2015 - English (PDF file)
Newyddlen - Gorffennaf 2015 - Cymraeg (PDF file)

Newsletter - December 2015 - English (PDF file)
Newyddlen - Rhagfyr 2015 - Cymraeg (PDF file)

Newsletter - March 2016 - English (PDF file)
Newyddlen - Mawrth 2016 - Cymraeg (PDF file)

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Work started on site in March 2015 and is due for completion in September 2016

Ysgol Hafod Lon Newydd is a registered site with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

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