The new Ystrad Mynach College building in Caerphilly is a four-storey teaching block that includes general classrooms, a hair and beauty studio, a learning resource centre and a new refectory and kitchen facilities. It is being constructed within the existing site of the building being replaced, which was a two-storey teaching block dating from the 1960s – when the College was first commissioned.
The aim is to build a new, high quality facility that meets Ystrad Mynach College’s ever increasing aspirations. With a gross internal area of 1435m2, it will provide much needed expansion space for the College, which continues to grow in response to the needs of the local area. Construction of the building is due to be completed in July 2010.
The project is majority funded by the Welsh Assembly for whom a critical requirement was that the building achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
The key environmental features of the building include:
The building scored well across all BREEAM categories, achieving 100% in the Water category and 80% or more in the Health & Wellbeing and Land Use & Ecology categories.
The College includes a biomass boiler, which contributes to the excellent energy performance, with a 31% improvement over building regulations.
The building is naturally ventilated, and incorporates night time cooling with high thermal mass. It also incorporates rainwater recycling for WC flushing.
Every material and design element of the building has been scrutinised to achieve the best rating possible. Particular areas of excellence include:
“By including the latest energy saving devices and sustainable processes, BREEAM will enable the College to reduce running costs while providing a comfortable environment for both learners and staff. This also promotes an interest in sustainability, which is becoming more and more a part of the curriculum.”
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