Cardiff West Community High School

Client:    Cardiff City Council

Sector:          Education

Value:           £36m

Cambria Consulting are the appointed Civil and Structural Engineers for the new Cardiff West Community High School which forms part of the 21st Century School Programme. Opened in September 2018, the school replaced Michaelston Community College and Glyn Derw High. The school now accommodates 1,200 pupils from Year 7 – 11 plus 320 sixth formers for post 16 education.

The project provided a first class community facility for the west of Cardiff, with a number of areas of the main building accessible to the public for learning, sport and creative art. The new school is a pathfinder school with links to the create industries in the city region.

The school compromises of three separate blocks spanning across 8.8 hectares – the main building, sports block and post 16 building. The buildings are steel frame on traditional pad foundations and ground bearing slabs. The first floors are composite concrete/metal deck.

The buildings are brick clad with areas of insulated composite panels. The roof has lightweight purlins with topdek insulated panels.

Surface water drainage has been designed in accordance with SuDs hierarchy. Ground conditions were not suitable for infiltration and the nearest watercourse is 800m from the site. An attenuation system was incorporated with capacity for a 100 year rainfall event plus climate change allowance prior to discharge water saver.

The project was designed and modelled to a BIM Level 2.

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