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Project Breakdown

Winner of BREEAM Award Wales 2010 – Further Education

Completed in 2010, Block B was the first phase of a major campus expansion for The College Ystrad Mynach. The new accommodation includes a learning resources centre, classrooms, IT suites, hair and beauty salons, refectory and kitchens. Phase II of the campus is designed to the same sustainability standards. The building is naturally ventilated and incorporates night purging, rainwater recycling and a green roof to encourage biodiversity.

Following the successful delivery of the B Block project, AWW was appointed by Ystrad Mynach College to design a major new Education and Leisure facility on the site of a dilapidated former school building on the site. This £14m project delivers a 25m swimming pool, sports hall, gym and spa facility available for out of hours community use, together with a range of general teaching classrooms and art and design studios.

Sustainable construction forms part of the curriculum of the National Dip in Building and Civil engineering and we wanted to integrate visible sustainable aspects as a demonstrative tool for learning about buildings and sustainability, hence the rainwater harvesting system is deliberately visible from the refectory. The College Ystrad Mynach is a leading example of sustainable practice in further education, a building in which education not only takes place but is itself a teaching resource. Our inspiring sustainability initiatives on Block B were recognised with a BREEAM Award (Wales 2010) for Further Education.

Block B incorporates rainwater recycling for WC flushing, low-flow sanitary ware, a planted green roof and a biomass boiler with a 31% improvement over building regulations. Phase 2 is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and employs a range of environmental design features.

In 2013, Ystrad Mynach College merged with Coleg Morgannwg to become Coleg y Cymoedd.

Project Result

“The inclusion of the latest energy saving devices and sustainable processes, has enabled 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.”

Steve Davies, Estates Manager for Ystrad Mynach

Sustainability Information




Director’s Quote

“Further education buildings are used by a wide cross-section of their local community. Sustainability is not just about buildings. It affects the whole community. The build provided much needed expansion space for the College, which continues to grow in response to the needs of the local area and the site is now one of the most visually attractive college estates, housing some of the most up to date learning facilities.”

Chris Mitchell

The service provided to the college by AWW has been outstanding, and has been built up and developed through mutual trust and respect, openness and honesty. AWW has proved to the college they are a company with vision and a company that can meet the diverse and challenging needs of their clients. With their wide pool of professional expertise, AWW’s approach has been both innovative and refreshing, and has greatly helped the college towards its goal of achieving a flagship campus. Paul Martin, Deputy Principal, The College Ystrad Mynach

Project Specification

£5.5 million
2008 - 2010
Chris Mitchell
Paul Martin, Deputy Principal, The College Ystrad Mynach