Artists impressions show new state of the art St Teilo’s School

June 15, 2011 9 Comments »
Artists impressions show new state of the art St Teilo’s School

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This is the first look at an ultra-modern new school set to be built in Cardiff as part of an investment package costing more than £50m.

A planning application has been submitted for the new St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School to rise up at the site of Llanedeyrn High School in the east of the city.

View a slideshow of the artists impressions for the school

If approved by council planners, construction of the school, on Roundwood Gardens, will start in January and should open in September 2013.

It will have capacity for 1,440 pupils and feature state-of-the-art facilities.

The futuristic school was designed by international architecture firm Austin-Smith: Lord, which has studios in Abu-Dhabi, London and Cardiff.

Austin-Smith: Lord recently received an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for its design of the £20m UWIC School of Management in Llandaff.

The classrooms will be located in five “fingers” connected to a main building and will come in a variety of shapes and sizes to provide flexible spaces for classes.

The huge, curved main building has been designed to act as sound barrier to stop traffic noise from the nearby busy A48 interrupting lessons.

The architects have also placed emphasis on outdoor learning by creating intimate courtyards that teachers will be encouraged to use.

There will also be two huge paved areas, as well as a natural amphitheatre that can be used for outdoor performances.

Renewable energy technologies such as biomass boilers, solar PV panels and ground-source heat pumps could be used to make it a zero carbon school.

Dennis Hellyar, Austin-Smith: Lord, said it would combine traditional schooling with 21st century learning techniques.

“The St Teilo’s school project is a very exciting one for us. It will be built to the very highest standards of sustainability, and will represent a state of the art undertaking in this respect,” he said.

A new Welsh-medium high school, with a capacity of 1,114 pupils, will be established on the current St Teilo’s school, on Llanedeyrn Road, Penylan, once the students relocate.

The new school, meanwhile, will also have provision for children with visual impairment.

Llanedeyrn High School will close on August 31, 2014. Pupils will be offered a transfer to Llanishen High School or Cardiff High School and can apply for admission to St Teilo’s.

The funding includes £27m from the Welsh Government, announced last July.

Councillor Freda Salway, executive member for education, said: “The plans are for a state-of-the-art, sustainable and energy efficient building that is fit for the 21st Century and benefits from access to the latest technology and modern, improved facilities.”

What do you think of the artists impressions? Do you live in the area? Let us know your views in the comments below

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  1. Kelly July 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I don't agree with the moving of St Teilos, fair enough the pictures look great and it is going to be a state of the art school but the area that it is being moved to is terrible. St Teilos was the school of choice for my child for the future but I shall definitely not be sending them there! Why not put the Welsh High School on that site and leave St Teilos where it is!!!!

    • nbaah September 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      well kelly i think its an amazing idea

      • BeverlyWalker July 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

        I don't actually like how black it is, It makes it look bad, I think black is a pretty grim colour, it gives it a dirty un-liked feeling, white is a much more bright colour, nicer and a much preferred tone, not many people would like the colour black associated with a school.

    • Amy November 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      I absolutely agree ! It will be a pain to get my children there from Roath , it's a silly idea and should've been well thought out!

  2. Jon October 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    What a great new school for the area. I will definately be sending my children there. The design looks great, what a place to learn how to become an adult.

  3. pt December 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    well i think its amazing …..

  4. ceri,shak,dani,paige February 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    err im in llanedeyrn high school and it aint a bad place. We have been in living in llanedeyrn all our lives why dont you come and check it out before you go judging!

  5. nthanleech November 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    i like st teilos

  6. Jason Manley December 1, 2012 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Ive been past the building as they construct the work and it looks amazing. With regards to the location and for the pig headed people who judge the area, pls don't. I was brought up in Pentwyn (council side) went to Llanrumney High and i went onto A levels and Uni, and many of my friends did too. I now run a very successfull business which is growing rapidly. Pls do not judge, its all about the child and the teaching, not the area. You often find those who have little when yojng will strive to try harder and achieve more as they grow up. Thankyou

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