Sobell Leisure Centre & Community School 

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Project Name Sobell Leisure Centre And Community School
Project Location Aberdare Community School, Ynys Road, Aberdare, CF44 7RP
Project Start Date Build Contract 18.11.2013
Practical Completion Overall scheme completion 30/08/18
Contract Value £50M* excluding asbestos remediation
QS/Cost Consultant Chandler KBS/Davis Langdon
Structural Engineer Atkins
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer Crown House
Principal Designer Capita
Contractor Laing O’Rourke
Building Control RCT Building Control
Architect Atkins


Development of a new dry side Leisure Centre, new 1600 place secondary school and caretaker accommodation.
Demolition of existing sports centre and new build Class 2 accredited International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) accredited athletics facility.

BREAAM Excellent.

Project Description

Aberdare Community School opened in 2014 as a result of the amalgamation of Aberdare Boys School, Aberdare Girls School and Blaengwawr Comprehensive School. In addition, the site also includes a new dry side leisure centre, an IAAF accredited athletics facility and improved infrastructure.

The school was backed with £15m from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

The campus comprises a three-storey building that has a light, open double-atrium design.

Designed with ‘break out areas’ for learning, independent from the classrooms and within carefully designed corridor spaces.

The facility is Wi-Fi connected and utilises modern technology through iPad-equipped rooms enabling tablet-driven learning in internet cafes.
The school also features a recording studio, an open area with a giant projector, a gym and a dance area.