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.”
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