Faithful+Gould is providing project management, quantity surveying and CDM co-ordinator services on the project to create new workshop facilities at Merthyr Tydfil College. The scheme has been registered under Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) 2006 and is seeking the highest possible rating - BREEAM ‘Excellent'.
The new building has been designed to provide Merthyr College students with exceptional facilities and an environment that will promote learning. The new facilities will provide excellent teaching provisions for plumbing, carpentry, plastering, welding, brickwork and automotive workshops as well as modern IT suites. The project will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption to teaching. The building comprises two phased elements - a short two storey wing and a longer single storey wing. The short wing connects directly to the existing Motor Vehicle Workshop, which is to remain. The long wing runs parallel to the historical Ynys Fach Ironworks which run along the College's western boundary. A new south facing landscaped courtyard will sit at the fulcrum of the two wings. The use of the site in the town centre will ensure that accessibility is maximised for the community and will offer training with a direct economic potential. Completion is due before the Autumn term in 2010.
Building statistics: Gross floor area - 2,543m², total area of site -0.6 hectares, area of teaching spaces - 1,775m², area of circulation - 320m², area of storage - 214m², 100% area of school grounds to be used by community, 100% area of school buildings to be used by community, predicted electricity consumption - 23.5 kWh/m², predicted fossil fuel consumption - 86.5kWh/m² (approx), predicted renewable energy generation - 0.3kWh/m² (solar hot water), predicted water use - 2.07 m3/pupil/year.
Commitment to biodiversity: An ecologist has been employed to enhance ecological value of site, any required works to trees will be completed out of bird nesting season, the appointed contractor will be required to mitigate the environmental impact and limit any detrimental effects of construction work on site biodiversity.