An annexe refurbishment scheme at a Newport Primary School, which has delivered a dining facility for pupils as well as an accessible space to host workshops, events and community activities, has been shortlisted at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards.

The project at St Woolos Primary is in the running for the Conservation & Regeneration Award, after its annexe – which was built in the early 1900s – was sensitively modernised to become the first carbon neutral building to be commissioned by Newport City Council.

The design methodology looked to conserve the historical interest in the building whilst using innovations to make an inclusive, net zero carbon building that will succeed for future generations.

Through Newport Norse’s sophisticated M&E design, the building’s energy consumption has reduced dramatically. The creation of the new dining space has also freed up valuable space within the school building to create more classrooms, helping to reduce class sizes which is of particular importance in light of Covid-19 and increasing pupil numbers each year.

Works included:

  • The installation of a new stairwell
  • Sympathetic restoration of internal walls
  • New natural slate roof coverings
  • New single storey enclosure to accommodate a serving kitchen and disabled W/C

Maxine White, Newport Norse Project Manager, said: “This project should be shared within the industry as it features the use of an historic building to produce an attractive, sustainable and modern refurbished annexe. The outstanding knowledge of the design team ensured that the facilities provided were suitable for the delivery of a modern-day curriculum and future proofed as far as possible. This, along with the technical ability of the site team, led to the annexe being constructed as designed, to the highest level of quality.

This project has left a legacy for education in Newport, to inspire future generations to succeed allowing creativity to develop in wonderful facilities.”

The Head Teacher at St Woolos said: “I am extremely pleased with the end result. The project has revitalised a previously untapped resource for the school and will completely change the way it operates for the pupils and for the wider school community”.

Winners will be announced at the Constructing Excellence in Wales awards ceremony taking place on Thursday 23 September 2021.