|Project Name||Cardiff High School: New Music, Drama and Art Facility|
|Contract Period||48 weeks|
|Project Start Date (on site)||January, 2013|
|Practical Completion||December, 2013|
|Contract Value||£ 4.0 Million|
|Type of Work||New Build, Refurbishment|
|Project Manager||Mian Saleem, City of Cardiff Council|
|Architect||Mian Saleem, City of Cardiff Council|
|Engineer(s)||Chris James, City of Cardiff Council|
|QS/Cost Consultants||Mark Wigley, City of Cardiff Council|
|Clerk of Works||Martin Webb, City of Cardiff Council|
|Structural Engineer||Chris James, City of Cardiff Council|
|Electrical Engineer||Jeff Townsend, City of Cardiff Council|
|Mechanical Engineer||Chris Leader, City of Cardiff Council|
|Planning Supervisor||Mian Saleem, City of Cardiff Council|
|Main Contractor||Peter Stanton, Kier Construction|
|Building Control||Dave Villis, City of Cardiff Council|
Cardiff High School is a flagship school in Cardiff for its ‘thinking for learning programme’ and its outstanding academic results. As part of Cardiff Councils 21st Century Schools Programme the brief required an increase of school’s current capacity by one form of entry to an Eight Form Entry plus Sixth Form high school.
To achieve the new proposed capacity, a number of design options were considered to ensure best use of the available budget, the final brief included, demolition of an existing single storey block at the front, and replacing this area with a new contemporary large double storey building providing new Music, Drama and Art facility along with new main entrance, admin areas and a new lift to serve all floors.
The project also addressed some key issues relating to existing accommodation which was cramped, out dated expensive to maintain which was progressively deteriorating despite good management. External works included new car park and small all-weather games court.
The principal facades have been composed and treated in a contemporary arrangement with large windows and colourful cladding panels which invoke the new identity yet compliments the existing building in a contrasting way.