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Project NameCardiff High School: New Music, Drama and Art Facility    
Project LocationCardiff
Contract Period48 weeks
Project Start Date (on site)January, 2013
Practical CompletionDecember, 2013
Contract Value£ 4.0 Million
Type of WorkNew Build, Refurbishment
Construction ProductSchool
Project ManagerMian Saleem, City of Cardiff Council
ArchitectMian Saleem, City of Cardiff Council
Engineer(s)Chris James, City of Cardiff Council
QS/Cost ConsultantsMark Wigley, City of Cardiff Council
Clerk of WorksMartin Webb, City of Cardiff Council
Structural EngineerChris James, City of Cardiff Council
Electrical EngineerJeff Townsend, City of Cardiff Council
Mechanical EngineerChris Leader, City of Cardiff Council
Planning SupervisorMian Saleem, City of Cardiff Council
Main ContractorPeter Stanton, Kier Construction
Building ControlDave Villis, City of Cardiff Council
Project Overview

DSC_0035Cardiff 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.

DSC_003The 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.

City of Cardiff Council – Cardiff High School: New Music, Drama and Art Facility

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