Cleddau Reach VC School 

Pembrokeshire County Council

Sustainability Joint Commendation Award Winner 2014

Project Name Cleddau Reach VC School
Project Location Llangwm, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Contract Period 67 Weeks
Project Start Date (on site) December 2011
Practical Completion March 2013
Contract Value £4,480,120.00
Type of Work New Build
Construction Product School
Project Manager Andrew Nicholas, Pembrokeshire County Council
Contract Administrator Paul Williams, Pembrokeshire County Council
Architectural Technician Anthony Hayward, Pembrokeshire County Council
QS/Cost Consultants Steve Owens, Pembrokeshire County Council
Clerk of Works Peter Parnell, Pembrokeshire County Council
Structural Engineer Chris Pratt, Pembrokeshire County Council
Electrical Engineer Neville Jones, Pembrokeshire County Council
Mechanical Engineer Ceri Poole, Pembrokeshire County Council
Planning Supervisor Meirion Robinson, Pembrokeshire County Council
Main Contractor Huw Morgan, Dawnus Construction
Building Control Chris Evans, Pembrokeshire County Council

Project Overview

The school was developed on a green field site. (O.S. Grid Reference 98720999).

The new school was developed as the result of the amalgamation of two schools: Llangwm VC and Burton VC School.

It was intended that the new school was absorb pupils from both schools and to accommodate approximately 220 pupils from nursery age 3 to 11+.

  • 2 x 30 place Early Years/Reception classroom(s) (ages 3-5) with classroom storage, wet play facilities and attached shared kitchenette and laundry area. Direct external access from classroom to playground is required. It is desirable to locate E/Y’s and reception provision adjacent to one another.
  • 2 x key stage one/two classrooms (ages 5 – 8 ) with resource areas and direct access to external play area
  • 3 x key stage two classrooms (ages 7-11 )
  • 1 x technology/music/practical roomWet Play Area1
  • Library/Resource/ room
  • 3 small group (withdrawal) rooms (1 in E/Y area, 1 for KS1 and 1 for KS2)
  • 1 x SEN classroom
  • 1 x Adult Learning/Community Room
  • Cloak rooms / bag store areas (could be incorporated into classrooms or circulation areas) 1 per 2 classrooms minimum
  • Toilet facilities

Project Description

Cleddau Reach VC School is a transformational project.

It brings together infant and junior age groups previously located on separate sites Education sites into one campus. The school provides such community focused services such as adult learning classes, breakfast and afterschool clubs the building is used for over 14 hours a day. It is, in all senses, a community village school.

The £6M project was fully designed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s in-house team. The school has been designed to accommodate 220 pupils including a dedicated Early Years Unit, and Reception Unit, ICT Suit and Community Room. Externally, facilities include habitat areas, an outdoor classroom and MUGA

The tender was won by Dawnus Construction Holdings Limited, a Swansea contractor with a commitment to using their own direct labour force and local subcontractors, who also employed local people on the project. The design team, too, were careful in their specification to ensure that ‘material miles’ were kept to a minimum.  As part of this strategy, and the recognition that construction can play a positive role in all sectors of the community, all the fitted furniture on the project was made by Norman Industries, a supported enterprise from Pembrokeshire.


The school’s design responds equally well to this context and the needs of twenty-first century learning. It is a contemporary design, which works with the contours of the land and references the surrounding village location.

The teaching areas wrap around an enclosed courtyard playground with a large canopy. This protects the playground acoustically from the road and shelters it from the prevailing winds.

Client & User Satisfaction

An area of performance on which Pembrokeshire particularly focuses is the satisfaction of the client and users. Once Cleddau Reach VC School was complete, a post-occupancy appraisal was completed by the school for the Education Department. This dealt with issues such as design-team and contractor performance as well as the finished product.

The project was also awarded the 2014 Local Authority Building Control awards for ‘Best Education Building’.