Bangor Grammar School

Bangor Grammar Board of Governors

Client: Bangor Grammar Board of Governors

Completion: January 2013

Value: £16.6m

Project Summary

This innovative and exciting new build school catered for 900 pupils within a diverse teaching curriculum. Whilst providing all the essential teaching and sports accommodation the design also delivered key enhancements such as a large central atrium and shared dining hall which forms the heart of the new school. This memorable space is overlooked by the Library and Sixth Form Centre and is a dynamic and flexible environment which can host a range of events and exhibitions in support of the key school activities. The design resolved a sharp 4.5m level change on the site which introduced a large under-croft pre-planned for a future 4 classroom extension. In addition, the school incorporated sound Passivhaus environmental design strategies regarding orientation, envelop design, optimising daylight, and maximising ventilation. In addition, the generous site afforded a full complement of rugby, soccer and hockey pitches including a full size 3G synthetic pitch with floodlights. The completed project was a finalist in the CEF Achieving Excellence Awards 2014 – Education Sector and was very well received by the teachers, pupils, and parents of Bangor Grammar School.


Designed with the focus on added value from inception our successful strategies included:

  • Optimising the “school in the community” ethos was largely focused on the sports facilities. The Sports Hall and Gym can be securely accessed outside school hours as can the changing rooms and sports pitches
  • Creating a landmark & stimulating building on the outskirts of Bangor
  • Achieving high quality daylighting in key teaching areas exemplified by north facing roof lights to the large spaces (Assembly Hall, Sports Hall and Gym) and a large glazed atrium
  • Integrating affordable and effective energy efficient strategies. We achieved this by incorporating mixed mode ventilation with heat recovery, the use of renewable energies (solar, thermal), high levels of insulation and airtightness, high efficiency gas boilers, low E glazing, low energy lighting systems and water recycling

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