Anglesey County Council
Anglesey County Council Design Team
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Anglesey County Council took the decision to relocate an existing primary school from a busy industrial estate to a Greenfield site on the outskirts of Llangefni. The Education Department also decided to build the very first 'green' school on Anglesey and create a landmark development in both design and construction.
In order for the design of the school to be sympathetic to its natural surrounding, the use of natural materials was a priority in the construction process and the external finishes for the building. The innovative design benefits from a traditional timber frame structure with a variety of external finishes, including cedar cladding, stone render and stone gabions. The gabions were filled with locally sourced stonework.
CLAW Sustainability Award 2009, North Wales LABC - Best Educational Building - Constructing Excellence Wales Demonstration Project
The main sustainable features of the new school are;
A large percentage of the roof area has been finished with an extensive 'green' sedum roof system. The roof creates a natural habitat for plant and insects and other local ecology. And also contributes to storm water management by retaining rainwater.
The timber frame was selected for its sustainable properties and for being a carbon neutral material. With the majority of the 3000m2 of timber panels manufactured off-site, the speed and sequencing of its erection reduced the time of the construction process considerably saving both time and costs.
It is estimated that the combination of the 228 solar photovoltaic panels on the roof and the vertical axis wind turbine will generate almost 50% of the school's annual electricity requirements and produce significant carbon savings.
The design includes natural ventilation, highly insulated external walls and occupancy sensing for lighting.
The school is now within walking or cycling distance for the majority of the children, dramatically reducing the number of cars journeys to the school and included a new footpath link providing a safe walking and cycling route.
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