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Burry Port School pioneers Brettstapel and aims for Passivhaus

The £3.8m scheme at Burry Port Community Primary School unites the town’s infant and junior schools, accommodating a total of 210 pupils and a 30-space nursery class on the existing Elkington Road site.

The extended block has been designed by PHT Patron members Architype and is set to achieve Passivhaus Certification. The new building comprises of four new classrooms, as well as two further teaching spaces, staff and meeting room facilities. 

The original school building has been refurbished, with spaces rationalised and a number of environmental defects resolved. Sitting between the new and old buildings, a dynamic multi-use ‘pod’ building offers group recreation and performance space, and is an important statement of the school's commitment to sustainability.

Besides the Passivhaus credentials, this exemplar project has taken sustainability a step further, with both new buildings specified entirely in Welsh timber. The stand-alone elliptical pod building is the focal point of this and marks the first Brettstapel school building in the UK.




Wall: Timber frame, Larsen truss, Warmcel insulation, timber rainscreen cladding. U-value = 0.103 W/m2K

Roof: Timber I-beams, Warmcel insulation, zinc roofing (vented). U-value = 0.095 W/m2K

Floor: 250mm Concrete Slab on 250mm EPS insulation. U-value = 0.080 W/m2K

Windows: Internorm HF310 passivhaus windows. U-value = 0.69 W/m2K. g-value = 0.6.

Doors: Schueco ADS 90 PL.SI doors. U-value = 1.0 W/m2K


Ground Floor Plan. Hover over image for First Floor Plan.



Key team

Project Owner/Client: Carmarthenshire County Council

Architect: Architype & Carmarthenshire CC 

M&E, Environmental: Troup Bywaters & Anders

M&E, Passivhaus: Elemental Solutions and Alan Clarke

Contractor: WRW Group

Structural Engineer: Bingham Hall Partnership


Further information

Previous news article - 08/12/14, Construction progresses at first Welsh Passivhaus School

Previous news article - 06/06/14, First Passivhaus School in Wales granted planning permission

Photo credits: ©LeighSimpsonPhotographer

Drawing credits: ©Architype

24th November 2015

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