This £4.9M project for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council offering 300 primary school places and 40 nursery places incorporates a range of community spaces, designed for zoned, out-of-hours use. At the client’s request, the starting point for the design is an earlier White Design project - Kingsmead Primary School in Cheshire.
Environmental features include the specification of FSC timber, solar panels and ground source heat pumps, while the building benefits from natural daylight and ventilation controlled through a building management system (BMS). The rain water harvesting system has an internal, transparent water pipe and measurement display, used as a practical learning tool.
Each classroom has a glazed break-out space with views to the surrounding landscape.