Welsh Medium 2FE School

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Welsh Medium 2FE School

Grangetown Architectural Development in south Wales – design by NSA Cardiff Architects

9 Oct 2014

Welsh Medium 2FE School Building

Design: NSA Cardiff Architects

Welsh Medium 2FE School, Grangetown, Cardiff

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This design of the school was conceived and developed as a speculative proposal. It is a representation of what the school could look like and how this school development has the potential to regenerate an area.

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There are several sites earmarked for the location of the new Welsh medium school in Cardiff (see map above) – some of which are much more plausible than others.

In my opinion the Channel View site on Ferry Road is the site which makes the most sense – not only in terms of amenity but also – due to what it can give back to the community in terms of regeneration. It can very comfortably accommodate a two-form entry school over two floors.

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This seems to be quite a controversial site as many people want to save the outdoor activity/play centre and keep the leisure centre solely public. However, the outdoor activity centre is in a state which desperately needs attention and the leisure centre, as it stands, has high operational costs. A school being located here does not necessarily mean these local facilities would be lost.

The school can exist, and even generate an income, by integrating these community facilities – integrated play and leisure facilities which are managed and maintained by the school. The school can act as a community resource, opening its facilities to local people, offering community education, opening the school facilities for community use, hosting adult education classes, making links with local businesses and so on.

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Schools are the most valuable resources in a community and they should be developed as a community resource. Whether it is a shared community facility and/or a community facility attached to the school. Regeneration must be about enhancing the life chances of young people, and education has to be the key for that. The school is a safe haven and provides an alternative to the community.

There has been a growing campaign for the 400-place school to be built within Grangetown, to meet local demand. There is also rising demand for English medium places due to a growing local population.

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All design work by NSA Cardiff Architects

Welsh Medium 2FE School Grangetown Proposal images / information from NSA Cardiff Architects – Socrates Associates

Welsh Medium 2FE School, Grangetown, Cardiff


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