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Ysgol Glantaff, Cardiff


We were appointed by the main contractor to develop an outline design for a new two storey extension proposed by the client.

The Brief

Sited on the banks of the River Taff, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf is one of the three Welsh-medium secondary schools serving Cardiff. First founded in 1978, it was the first to be established as a Welsh speaking school and has seen its a huge population rise, from 99 pupils to 1,150 pupils currently.

We were asked to deliver detailed construction drawings in a timely manner to allow the contractor to construct an extension to the existing building. The proposed brief formed part of Cardiff Council’s ‘21st Century Schools’ programme, along with the on-going development of the school.

Our Solution

We assessed the site and the needs of the school thoroughly before beginning the project, allowing us to design with a clear idea of how the new space would co-exist within the school.

This meant that the resulting two storey extension integrated well with the existing building, causing minimal disruption to site’s day to day running. The space included science laboratories and classrooms, a new main entrance and pupils’ refectory.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)