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Ynysyboeth Primary's "Excellent" School Report

Ynysyboeth Primary's "Excellent" School Report

A state-of-the-art primary school in the Cynon Valley has been rated “Excellent” at the design stage by a world-leading environmental group.

The £5million Ynysboeth Community Primary School which brought together two schools in one building for the first time in over half a century, has been celebrated in a new report by BREEAM.

Ynysboeth Infant School and Ynysboeth Junior School were amalgamated to create Ynysboeth Community Primary School, offering bright, modern facilities of the highest-possible design and environmental standards.

The new primary school campus was built on the site of Ynysboeth Junior School which has been accommodating Junior and Infant School pupils following a fire that destroyed the Infant school in 2010.

Run by the Building Research Establishment Group, the BREEAM certification allows a building to be assessed and scored against a set of predefined criteria, with Ynysboeth coming out as “Excellent” following an assessment in a number of different categories such as Energy, Management, Transport and Environment to name but a few.

Ynysboeth Community Primary School campus, which accommodates 210 children, was delivered by Cardiff based Morgan Sindall Plc and comprises seven classrooms, which includes a nursery, a main hall space, a reception area and a landscaped external teaching space.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and construction partner Morgan Sindall delivered the impressive new scheme, which forms part of the wider, ongoing commitment to deliver school buildings and environments that inspire children to succeed and thrive.

As well as exceptional facilities for young learners, the school uses eco-measures such as photovoltaic cells that convert solar energy into electricity, rain water harvesting and solar hot water systems.

The BREEAM report identified the significant items of the building design and construction which are seen as the standard for best practice in sustainability. This includes energy and water metering, the use of materials with a Green Guide rating of A or A+ and a 20,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank to serve the school toilets.

Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said, “The announcement that we have received an “Excellent” result from BREEAM for the design stage of construction and sustainability at Ynysboeth Primary School is excellent news indeed.

“It proves that as a local authority we are doing all we can to provide state-of-the-art education facilities for children and young people in the County Borough.

“Schools are fast returning to their rightful place at the heart of the community and we want to ensure we invest in turning them into centres of excellence for the wider population.

“The Council is committed to working with school governors and head teachers to deliver the best provision for children by building new and refurbishing existing buildings, and providing classroom teachers with the resources they need.

“Delivering the best possible education of our children is crucial to a strong future for Rhondda Cynon Taf and we will continue to do all we can to improve and invest in our schools.”

View further details of the BREEAM award of excellence awarded to the Corporate Design Team.
http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/relateddocuments/publications/news/breeaminf...

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