Stride Treglown-designed sustainable school on three shortlists

A Welsh school designed by Stride Treglown is in contention for three awards, the architects reported.

Ysgol Bae Baglan in Port Talbot has been shortlisted for the National Eisteddfod of Wales’ ‘Gold Medal for Architecture’ as well as the Constructing Excellence Wales ‘Project of the Year’ and ‘Digital Construction’ awards.

The £35m all-through school was completed in September 2016 and accommodates 1,500 lower, middle and upper pupils in a single facility. The building achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for sustainability by incorporating features such as 20,000 m² of PV panels, while the sports hall facade functions as a large transpired ‘solar collector’ which passively pre-heats air to warm the building, reducing running costs.

According to the architects, BIM collaboration had been key to the success of the project as architectural, MEP and structural design consultancies had developed their digital building models early in the project to ensure the design proposals had been fully coordinated.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales’ ‘Gold Medal for Architecture’ was first presented in 1960 to Grenfell Baines & Hargreaves for their work on the H J Heinz offices in Cardiff. Since then, some of Wales’ most iconic buildings have won the accolade, including the National History Museum, St Fagan (Percy Thomas Partnership, Cardiff – 1978), The Large Glasshouse, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne (Foster and Partners, London – 2000) and Hafod Eryri at the summit of Snowdon (Ray Hole Architects, Croydon – 2009).

Last year’s winner was Hall & Bednarczyk for its Llandegfedd Visitor and Watersports centre, a scheme which also claimed the 2016 RIBA Wales award for Building of the Year.