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Wales' first fully Passivhaus Primary School

Located on a steeply sloping site overlooking spectacular Carmarthenshire countryside, the original school was no longer fit for use and in desperate need of replacement.

Completed in August 2017, the new 1 form-entry Passivhaus scheme creates light and airy classrooms and multi-use spaces over two floors, as well as an adjacent flying start nursery for up to 20 children. Taking advantage of the beautiful views surrounding the site, the design employ’s a simple yet elegant palette of materials that reflect the areas local heritage of Welsh brick production, softened with areas of Welsh larch timber cladding. 

Landscaping incorporates a number of community-use initiatives, such as a community garden, raised beds for vegetables and accessible planted routes through the site. 

Our new school is spacious, light and airy and has improved our pupil’s pride and self-esteem. The temperature is constant and does not overheat, thus improving concentration levels.
— Sharon Owen, Headteacher, Ysgol Trimsaran

Supporting the Client's vision

The brief for Ysgol Trimsaran and Ysgol Parc y Tywyn was conceived by Carmarthenshire County Council, as part of a legacy of Passivhaus projects being developed by the Property Services division. Without their passion and commitment to the environmental and social benefits of Passivhaus, Patrwm 21 would not have been made possible.