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Prestigious Award for School Design


17 July 2015

At a ceremony in London recently, it was announced that Ysgol Craig y Deryn in Llanegryn, had won one of the main Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)’s Awards.

The purpose of the RTPI awards is to recognise, applaud and publicise examples of good planning practice in the UK and winning the Excellence in Planning for the Community and Wellbeing Award is an important feather in the Authority’s cap.  The design had already won the 2014 RTPI Wales Planning Award and received high praise from the judges. 

At this years’ awards, judges noted that they were most impressed by the design; not only how the site for this school was selected to replace four schools from different communities, but also how the scheme was developed on the site and within the sensitive environment of Snowdonia National Park. It was also noted the central role of the planners to deliver a successful outcome in extremely challenging circumstances.

On behalf of the Authority, the Director of Planning, Jonathan Cawley, said,

"Receiving an award such as this from the RTPI is an excellent recognition of our work. Whilst working on the Ysgol Craig y Deryn design, 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. The final design was a result of team work and we should note our gratitude and thanks to Gwynedd Council as the applicant and the architect Geraint Roberts from B3 Architects. By working closely with them, a significant design was created in a sensitive area and it is a pleasure to see a design from rural Wales receiving such an important recognition on a British stage.”

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.


Notes to Editors

  1. Details of photo: From left to right, Geraint Roberts (architect), Phil Williams (Vice president, RTPI) and Huw Roberts, SNPA
  2. The design has also been shortlisted for the Gold medal at this year’s National Eisteddfod.
  3. RTPI’s aim is to promote planning as a profession and builds links with other built environment professions and organizations and throughout the UK. It discusses issues related to public policy planning with various Government bodies, industry representatives and the media.
  4. For more information on the awards, visit
  5. When completing its entry, the Authority had to meet specific criteria which included reference to the physical environment, climate change, sustainable development, originality, quality, precedent and the role of the planner.
  6. Shortlisted also for the Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-being Award this year were : Connswater Community Greenway Phase 1
  • GlenabbeySkeoge Residential Development
  • Junction 3
  • Oldfield Primary School
  • Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kingsbury

At the 2013 RTPI Wales Awards, another Authority scheme, Plas Tan y Bwlch Hydro, was highly commended.