Capita Symonds wins at CLAW 2010 Awards

31 May 2010

Capita Symonds’ Ysgol y Graig Primary School project in North Wales has won the Sustainability category at the annual CLAW (Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales) Awards.

A team from Colwyn Bay provided structural, geotechnical and landscape architecture services on the £3.9m project on behalf of client Anglesey County Council.

The existing Ysgol y Graig Primary School has been relocated from a busy industrial estate to a greenfield site on the outskirts of Llangefni, Anglesey. The school is within walking or cycling distance for the majority of the children, therefore dramatically reducing the number of car journeys at school start and finishing times. A direct footpath link to the nearby housing estate also provides a safe route to school for the children.

A decision was taken at a very early stage that the school would be a ‘green’ school - a landmark development for Anglesey in both design and construction. The main sustainable features of the new school are:

  • Green Roof: 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 while contributing to storm water management by retaining rainwater.
  • Timber Frame: selected for its sustainable properties and for being a carbon neutral material. The timber framed panels for this scheme were manufactured in Presteigne, Mid Wales and delivered to site for erection, therefore reducing site waste. The whole of the timber frame for the new school was erected in just twelve weeks.
  • Solar Panels: the roof on the south facing elevation benefits from a large area of  solar photovoltaic panels, expected to generate approximately 22,000 kWh (units) per year, resulting in a carbon saving of approximately 13.5 tonnes of CO2 reduction. It is estimated that the combination of the PV panels and the wind turbine will generate almost 50% of the school’s annual electricity requirements. All surplus electricity generated when the school is not in use, particularly during the summer holidays, is to be sold back to the National Grid. 
  • Wind Turbine: There is one wind turbine installed on the site which has an anticipated energy output of up to 8,100 KWhrs per annum. CO2 savings of 3.5 tonnes per year are forecasted.
  • Natural Ventilation: The school has been designed to be naturally ventilated wherever possible. In all classrooms and in the hall a stack effect ventilation approach has been adopted.  

Colwyn Bay’s Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn was also commended in the 'Building of the Year' category. The project was also a winner at the recent RICS Wales Awards.