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Patrwm 21 delivers nursery through to sixth form

The design for Ysgol Bro Hyddgen seeks to create an inspirational environment and a sense of progression for pupils in the rural Powys town of Machynlleth, which provides ‘cradle to college’ mainstream education from nursery to sixth form. Balancing the changing needs of pupils and staff as they progress through a possible 17 years at the Welsh language school was a key design consideration, as well as the sustainable future for the school, which is underpinned by a sustainable Passivhaus design.

The angular forms and intersecting arrangement of massing is softened by an interesting and varied palette of Welsh, natural materials. As a gateway site to the town of Machynllyth, the design strikes an important balance between the surrounding hilly woodland countryside and the introduction to the towns development.

Due to complete in September 2020, the new 6500m2 school will be built on Ysgol Bro Hyddgen’s current playing fields, with the old school being demolished after occupation to make space for car parking and sporting facilities, including a 3G pitch to provide pupils and the community an accessible ground for team fitness during the wet winter months.

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