POWYS County Council has handed over two trophies to a school in Welshpool.

On November 24, Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School was officially presented with two awards the school building won in the summer of 2023.

The building project was awarded the Value Award at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards 2023 and the Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education Facility award at the Education Buildings Wales Awards 2023.

Powys County Council presented the school with the trophies at a ceremony in which pupils and staff received the awards. The accolades will now go on display in the school building.


Cllr Pete Roberts, cabinet member for a learning Powys, said: “This was a fantastic achievement and I’m delighted that the council has handed over these prestigious awards for the school to proudly display in their fantastic building.

“This innovative project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the partnership between the school leaders and our dedicated council officers, the Welsh Government, the Diocese of St Asaph and our partners in the construction industry.

“This award-winning facility allows learners and teaching staff to reach their potential but it has been built to the highest energy efficient standards which helps the county reduce its carbon footprint.”

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The building opened in January 2021, having been designed by Architype (Architects) and WSP (Engineering all Disciplines) and constructed by Pave Aways Ltd on behalf of the council under their Transforming Education programme.

The project was jointly funded by the Welsh Government, through its Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme and Powys County Council.

Constructed around a timber frame that was sustainably sourced in Wales, the school reportedly has a superior level of insulation and was built to be airtight, as well as featuring a heat recovery and ventilation system and solar panels on the roof to minimise running costs.