Welsh Success at the CE National Awards 2015

Health and Safety Award: Cardiff Business School, Project of the Year Commended Award: Penarth Learning Community. It is celebration time again for Welsh construction!

26th October 2015

It is celebration time again for Welsh construction!

The first Welsh winner of the evening was Cardiff Business School for the Health and Safety award. This development has been designed as a signature building within the University’s property portfolio. The purpose-built, state-of-the-art building comprises over 54,300 sq ft of accommodation. It incorporates an elliptical four-storey structure with distinctive terracotta rainscreen cladding to its façade and an attached four-storey teaching wing with extensive curtain walling. The building was designed to provide the university with maximum flexibility and the impressive elliptical lecture theatre has flexible teaching spaces, bi-fold walls and folding partitions, so the building can also be used as a high-specification conferencing venue.

Attaining BREEAM Excellent, the new Business School was constructed to achieve the lowest environmental impact feasible, using high specification and sustainable, building materials, where possible. The project incorporates roof-mounted photovoltaic panels which generate carbon free electricity. A combined heat and power unit also provides a significant portion of the building base heat requirement. It also features a rainwater harvesting and re-use system to flush toilets, reducing reliance of mains water.

Penarth Learning Community was commended for Project of the Year, this project was the largest project delivered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the largest single project delivered to date by Bouygues UK in this region ‘Penarth Learning Community’
Forming part of the Council’s response to the Welsh Government requirement for innovative thinking in relation to delivery of education in the 21st Century and achieving BREEAM Excellent, Penarth Learning Community now provides a new 11-18 school for St Cyres School and a new 3 – 19 school Ysgol y Deri. 

The project has brought together two distinct schools under one roof and looks to provide modern educational facilities for all pupils of all abilities and seeks to build on and strengthen the existing relationships between the schools, benefiting both pupils and staff. This collocation of the two schools was a unique opportunity for a construction project to realise both strategic and end user aspirations providing a community based facility for lifelong learning.

Milica Kitson Chief Executive said “Wales prides itself on doing things differently. It might be rugby, the Eisteddfod or it might be just a passion for the spoken word – but whatever it is, Welsh construction is no exception – there is a particular Welsh way of achieving excellence”
For further information of CEW Award winners please click on the link for the winners brochure.