We are thrilled that Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC) has won ‘Client of the Year’ at the Education Buildings Wales Awards. The award recognises their commitment to the Welsh Government’s net zero carbon targets, which led to the deep retrofit of Pen Y Dre High School.

We worked collaboratively with MTCBC and Morgan Sindall Construction on the initial refurbishment design. When the Council took the brave decision to follow Welsh Government guidelines on net zero carbon, the team worked closely and harmoniously together during the preconstruction stage to ensure that the needs of the school and the client were met and had the full support of the authority for every decision. This has ensured that mutual trust and assurance were not just contractual buzz words.

MTCBC always held the spirit of Welsh Government’s net zero carbon aspirations in the highest regard during the design phase of the project and could easily have watered down aspirational targets. This has been further demonstrated after phases have handed over and the journey continues unabated.

Seeing a problem of too much Photovoltaic Electricity being generated, MTCBC have embarked on a forward-thinking private wire arrangement with the local hospital, and through working with us collaboratively have turned something potentially problematic and costly into a commodity that helps others on their carbon reduction journey.

This pathfinder project for MTCBC will create the first net zero carbon in operation school in Wales, which would not have been possible without the commitment and pioneering spirit of the client who was determined to create a scheme that positively contributes to the Welsh Government’s net zero carbon targets.

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