Yorkon has completed a building for Christ College in the Brecon Beacons National Park – one of Britain’s oldest educational establishments – in just five months
Designed by P+HS Architects, the two-storey building expands the science facilities at the school. Sixteen steel-framed building modules were made in York and craned into position during the school holidays.
Two physics and two biology labs, a sixth-form project room, and lab technician’s rooms are grouped around a double-height atrium that functions as an additional teaching area and exhibition space. This central “street” also allows pupils to move through the space at peak times and gather informally before and after lessons. It has a number of sustainable features, such as solar water heating, natural ventilation and high levels of insulation. The building has been designed to be adaptable to change: the internal walls are non load-bearing and there are clear internal spans of up to 12m, so teaching spaces and labs can be easily reconfigured.