Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen (Gateway to the Valleys Secondary School), Bridgend

Bridgend County Council

This new secondary school and community campus represents one of the largest single investments in a shared community and education building in Wales. The new community campus, on an existing 15.8 hectares (39 acres) site, incorporates a 1,570 place comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 18 and a 604 sq m ( 6,500 sq ft) dedicated community facility which includes a café, a multi-agency hub, child care unit and other various community activities. The school is conceived as a series of 'colleges' grouped around a community 'heart space' - the geometries are derived from existing axes and from specific references to elements found within the existing context. The scheme won the BREEAM Education Award 2013 and is the first BREEAM Outstanding High School of its type in the UK. It was designed and delivered through BIM, which brought clear benefits to the client, design and construction team alike. “The design itself is truly stunning. Scott Brownrigg had a very real and deep understanding of how the space could be used to support educational innovation and transformation. Much more than this has been the truly exceptional level of engagement that Scott Brownrigg has had with the whole of the school and the wider community. Without this level of real engagement, real partnership, and real energy, we would not be where we are now, poised to occupy a most iconic and world class building. There is no doubt that we have the best school building in Wales, and quite probably the UK”. Andrew Warren, Headteacher, Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen

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