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Cwmbach Primary School

Refurbishment and extension of a primary school, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating

Willmott Dixon was appointed by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council to construct this new, ‘all through’ primary school in Cwmbach.

The contract comprised the design and construction of a new five classroom infant block together with nursery, hall and ancillary accommodation built on the site of the existing Cwmbach Junior School.

The existing school was retained with refurbishment and modifications to the kitchen and administration area, plus adaptations required to link with the new building. A new multi-purpose games area was also constructed.

“Due to Willmott Dixon's attention to detail we have a school that looks impressive but is also a delight to occupy. The project has been a great success on many levels.”

Eileen King, headteacher, Cwmbach Primary School

The new school has strip and pad foundations with a concrete and steel retaining wall, cut into the sloping site. A steel frame supports the upper floor area and roof. Externally, walls are a combination of a metsec steel framing system and blockwork, with a render finish.

The project achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent and an Energy Performance Certificate A rating. Sustainability features include a green roof. Willmott Dixon placed 83% of subcontract orders locally, and 99% of waste was diverted from landfill.


  • BREEAM Excellent-rated
  • 99% of waste diverted from landfill
  • 83% of subcontract orders placed locally




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