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Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford

Sysnopsis

We were commissioned to redevelop this popular school to improve the external circulation of pupils and create new outdoor learning zones.


The Brief

Ysgol Dyffryn Aman is located in the small town of Ammanford at the foot of the Black Mountains. It’s famous in the area for having a firm tradition of sporting achievement and many pupils have represented their county and country in a number of different fields.

From an overall development strategy review of the use of the secondary education estate, it was established that the entire site needed to be redeveloped to improve existing facilities and give the school more practical outdoor space.

It also needed to accommodate for the growing popularity of the school, as pupil numbers had steadily increased over the years.

The Solution

As the work was predominantly active while the school was in operation, we took the time to establish a firm partnership with staff. All parties were involved in the phasing and development, making sure disruption considerations were taken into account at an early stage in the design.

Our team reused 95% of the existing buildings on site as well as augmenting the area with an additional 2,335 m2 of new buildings. Due to our level of detail, all of the new buildings achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.

Today, the redeveloped school accommodates approximately 1650 pupils from the ages of 11 to 18 years and also includes facilities for those with Special Educational Needs. It now houses excellent sports facilities, including a sports hall, a swimming pool, new rugby pitches, and new tennis courts.

Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Shaw

Torch Theatre General Manager