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Queen Elizabeth High School, Carmarthen


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

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