Gelliswick Church in Wales VC School

Pembrokeshire

The project

As a part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme, Lawray was appointed to design Pembrokeshire County Council’s largest primary school to date. A significant build, we were commissioned to provide architectural design services up to RIBA Stage 3.

Multiple needs

Thanks to the amalgamation of two existing school sites, the new project would create an all-through English primary school based on one site. Catering for around 420 pupils aged from 4 to 11 years, the school would include an early years’ unit for 60 pupils – as well as a County Complex Needs Unit for around 30 pupils with additional learning needs.

Future-proof design

An environmentally sustainable school achieving 21st Century Schools requirements, Gelliswick Church in Wales VC School went on to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. By creating a footprint that was both adaptable and flexible in design, we made sure any future changes to the curriculum could be easily delivered. We also ensured that the school’s design helped to improve and encourage significant community access.

External areas were adapted to the school’s holistic learning style, using both indoor and outdoor spaces as facilities for learning, while careful consideration was given on how to achieve equality of access for those using the County Complex Needs Unit.