Lawray has delivered a new teaching block, 2G hockey pitch and Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) at Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera to accommodate the current pupil intake while also providing facilities for use by the local community.

Established in 1969, the school is being modernised as part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme (CSCP). The new blocks have replaced prefabricated structures that were no longer fit-for purpose and complement two earlier phases (the Eiron Block and Primary School) completed prior to Lawray’s appointment.

Each space is named after a place in the local area. A new multi-purpose hall, activity studio, canteen, WCs and changing rooms are provided on the ground floor, and general and music classrooms on the first floor. An entrance lobby leads to the hall and adjoining activity studio, which provides a flexible space for teaching and performances.

Seating 180 pupils, the adaptable design of the canteen enables it to be used for a multitude of uses. Changing rooms directly spill out onto playing fields enabling them to be used out of hours. Access for all has been provided with intuitive wayfinding, contrasting colours for the visually impaired and accessible lifts and toilets. The building has been designed to BREEAM Excellent and incorporates natural ventilation and photovoltaic panels.

Linked at first floor level, the arrangement of the new building joining the earlier Eiron block, has created a new square, with external circulation and play areas. The new 2G hockey pitch and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) are located on the nearby playing fields.

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