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Queen Elizabeth High School, Carmarthen

Synopsis

As part of the Modernising Education Programme by Carmarthenshire County Council, we were responsible for the design of new flagship school that replaced two existing 1960s buildings.


The Brief

Queen Elizabeth High School is a recognised Centre of Excellence for pupils with special needs and the buildings encompass a number of key features aimed at improving accessibility for pupils with a range of difficulties.

Initially commissioned under a framework agreement with the Local Authority, the scheme aimed to bring together two existing schools: Queen Elizabeth Maridunum School and Queen Elizabeth Cambria School.

The new site needed to house the collective 1500 pupils with as minimal disruption to their education as possible, creating a challenging project for our team.

Our Solution

We completed the commission through novation to the main contractor. By working in close partnership with all parties involved with the regeneration, we were able to comfortably transition the schools from their old sites to Queen Elizabeth High School.

The new structure focuses heavily on sustainability, in line with Carmarthenshire County Council’s vision, and incorporates a number of low carbon features within the design. This has allowed the school to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Since the project completion, Queen Elizabeth High School has received a number of accolades, including:
LABC South Wales Building Excellence Awards
Highly Commended – Sustainable Projects Category

LABC Cymru Building Excellence Awards
Carmarthenshire Winner

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to comment on the contribution made by Lawray Architects to the recently completed Combined Services Centre in Llandrindod Wells. As lead consultants on a project with three separate stakeholders, their role was always going to be challenging. I was however, very impressed by the professional manner in which they succeeded not only in delivering a quality final product, but also in balancing with skill and patience the competing demands of their three ‘clients ’throughout both the planning and construction phases of the project. From a Dyfed Powys Police perspective, we were very satisfied with the design solutions offered and the ensuing facilities have received complimentary comments from the occupants

Perry Simpson. Capital Projects Manager

Dyfed Powys Police