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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 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