Burry Port Community Primary School

This new Key Stage 2 Building, and adjacent oval-shaped Studio Space completed in the summer of 2015, opened its doors to accommodate the year 3-6 pupils who have been merged from an adjacent school.

Designed by Architype, the 2 storey development is of locally sourced timber-framed construction and is the first school in Wales built and accredited to the very stringent Passivhaus standards.

TB+A were appointed to undertake the detailed design of all MEP building services and low energy solutions for the building that requires an air-tightness of approx 1/20th of Building Regulations Part L2 compliance, an in-use energy consumption not exceeding 120kWh/m2/annum - whilst satisfying the DfES Building Bulletins requirements for good indoor air quality, acoustics and avoidance of over-heating.

The project includes an extension to accommodate a studio building which is a multi-functional and open plan space for key internal circulation links between the new junior building and existing infant building. The scheme also includes photo-voltaic panels to the studio, green roofs and detailed assessments of the natural day-lighting performance in the occupied areas.

Not only is the school the first Passivhaus School in Wales, it is extremely energy efficient and exudes a sense of calm and comfort making it a place where it is easy to teach and learn with the building acting as a stimulus for the children.

The project has been recognised at a variety of awards most notably announced as the Sustainability Winner at the 2016 Welsh Architecture Awards as well as winning Architect of the Year Winner.

It was shortlisted in 4 categories at the Constructing Excellence Wales 2016 Awards and was Highly Commended at the LABC Wales Awards 2016.


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Carmarthenshire County Council 

WRW Construction 

Bingham Hall


Full MEP Engineering




The pupils love their new surroundings and this provides an excellent setting for 21st Century learning

Alison Williams

Head Teacher, Burry Port Community Primary School