Ainsley Gommon Architects

Client

Conwy County Borough Council

Location

Llandudno Junction, Conwy

Value

£8.8 million

Date Completed

On-site

Development Overview

Llandudno Junction Area School is a new 420 place primary school with associated nursery facilities, playing fields, community facilities and parking. The project is the first school in Conwy Council’s 21st Century School Programme and will provide modern accommodation for the amalgamation of two existing primary schools in the area.

The new school is located on a greenfield development site adjacent to the Welsh Government’s North Wales Regional Headquarters on the eastern edge of Llandudno Junction. The site rises steeply to the South East and much of the level part of the site is set aside for the sports pitch and multi-use games area to provide suitable flat areas for playing sport. As a result the main school buildings had to be accommodated on a sloping part of the site, which in itself was a challenging part of the Design Brief. A split level solution was devised with the larger ‘curved’ wing following the natural site contours. The new school comprises two key elements, a ‘Community Hub’ accommodating the main hall, admin offices and meeting rooms, and a split level teaching block, served by a ‘sinuous’ link corridor providing shared teaching facilities.

To help the building fit into its rural environment, a palette of natural materials is being used including a wildflower roof, larch cladding and dry stone walls. The building is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating and includes a range of sustainability strategies including passive solar gain, natural ventilation and photovoltaic panels.