BREEAM Education Award 2013


The Scott Brownrigg designed Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen Comprehensive School in Bridgend County Borough Wales won the 2013 UK BREEAM Education Award.

The awards are made annually to the highest scoring building assessments certified under BREEAM Schemes. In recognising those buildings which demonstrate a holistic approach to the environmental aspects of their specification, design and construction, the BREEAM Education Award acknowledge the achievements of all those involved in the school and its realisation.

With a passive design strategy and the incorporation of a number of sustainable technologies, Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating at design stage with an impressive score of 89.82%, the school is also being used as an exemplar project for the Low Carbon Research Institute.

As well as accommodating the 1,570 pupil school, the 30 acre site incorporates a 600 sq m dedicated community facility which houses a café, a multi-agency hub, child care unit and various other community activities.

Andrew Warren, Headteacher at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen comments:

“Scott Brownrigg’s design is truly stunning. The team has a real and deep understanding of how space can be used to support educational innovation and transformation. Much more than this though, from my point of view, has been the truly exceptional level of engagement that Scott Brownrigg has had with the whole of the school and wider community.  It has been the enthusiasm and genuine excitement of the Scott Brownrigg team, for this project, that has been instrumental in making this project a total success from the school’s point of view.  Without this level of real engagement, real partnership, and real energy, we would not be where we are now - poised to occupy the most iconic and world class building that will support all of the many curricular, pedagogical and relationship transformations that we wish to introduce, that we would simply be unable to deliver without the fabulous design that we have been a part in producing.  There is no doubt that we will shortly have the best school building in Wales, and quite probably the UK” .