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Top Award for School Design

9 December 2014

At the RTPI Wales Planning Awards evening held in Cardiff recently, the Wales Planning Award 2014 was awarded to Ysgol Craig y Deryn, Llanegryn.

The purpose of the RTPI awards is to recognise, applaud and publicise examples of good planning practice in Wales. When completing their entries, entrants were asked to take into account the criteria for the awards – physical environment, climate change, sustainable development, originality, quality, precedent and the role of the planner.

Judges Huw Evans, Roger Tanner and Mike Cuddy, praised specifically the design, materials and the sustainability of Ysgol Craig y Deryn, as well as the work made in advance in engaging with the community. The scheme they said is a great example of a planning authority overcoming community objection and political sensitivity by delivering a high quality socially important scheme in a very sensitive landscape.
 
On behalf of the Authority, the Director of Planning, Jonathan Cawley, said,
"It is encouraging to receive this recognition by the RTPI in their centenary year as completing this scheme has been a great challenge for us as an Authority. It was important for us to deliver a design that would be an exemplar of what can be done when creating a large development in a rural location, and respecting the environment at the same time.”
 
Ysgol Craig y Deryn is a good example of a low impact building, which is a large development, set within a rural area of national significance. Modern and traditional techniques, building materials and technology have been combined to create a sustainable building, using low levels of energy and carbon. The long-term cost of the building was also considered, and its future impact on the environment, habitats and biodiversity of the area. It also reinforces the sense of place, as well as the social well-being and the linguistic heritage of the area which will in turn benefit and sustain future generations.
 
Ysgol Craig y Deryn was opened in 2013 and today, the school has 110 primary school pupils. Wynne Construction was responsible for building the school and the architect was Geraint Roberts, B3Architects.

Geraint Roberts (B3 Architects), Aled Loyd (SNPA), Jane Jones (SNPA), Huw Roberts (SNPA)

Geraint Roberts (B3 Architects), Aled Loyd (SNPA), Jane Jones (SNPA), Huw Roberts (SNPA) (© rtpicymru)