Three Torfaen Primary Schools


Client:    Willmott Dixon / Torfaen County Borough Council

Sector:          Education

Value:           £19m

Cambria Consulting are the appointed engineers responsible for the design and specification for the sub and superstructure for this BIM level 2 project in Torfaen, which forms a key part of the 21st Century Schools programme.

Blenheim Road Community Primary School will be a replacement on the current site and Llantarnum Community Primary School will be relocated to the site of the former Llantarnum Comprehensive School, both with a capacity of 315 pupils.

Ysgol Panteg Welsh Medium Primary School is sited on part of the former avesta steelworks site which has been remediated in preparation for the development of the school and the adjacent residential development. The new school will provide capacity for 420 pupils.

Each school has a single storey steel frame superstructure designed to suit the architectural concept and includes different foundation solutions based on the same frame concept depending on ground conditions encountered as each site.

Cambria Consulting were responsible for the civil infrastructure supporting the three schools which included highway, access, levels and drainage design and was involved in the pre-planning stage of the project with the production of Flood Consequence Assessments (FCA) and drainage strategy reports to support the planning applications for each site. All schools were valued engineered to ensure earthworks and retaining features were minimised and a cut and fill balance achieved where possible. The schemes were constantly evaluated using 3D ground modelling software.

Each school site provided different unique challenges; Panteg is a remediated brownfield site which shares an access with Network Rail, Llantarnum is situated close to sensitive surface water flooding issues and crossed by significant Welsh Water and WPD apparatus and Blenheim Road incorporated significant level changes across the site. These challenges were successfully overcome through close working with the design team, client and approving Authorities.

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