The ‘Penarth Learning Community’, – the £48,000,000 multi-school education campus on Sully Road, Penarth – has been shortlisted, with two other UK projects, to receive a Construction Industry Council “CIC-IE Award”.
The campus was given the green light in June 2009 by the former Conservative administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council and opened to pupils in 2014 .
The award “recognises buildings, places and spaces which demonstrate best practice in achieving an inclusive environment – an environment which is safe, flexible and accessible for all.”
The other entries on the short list are the Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project and 5 Pancras Square – part of the Kings Cross Central transformation programme in London.
The Construction Industry Council says “‘Education for all’ was the touchstone for the development of the Penarth Learning Community; the project has brought together the diverse learning environments for special education needs, alongside mainstream secondary school learning to create a high quality, contemporary educational environment that has provided wonderful opportunities for inclusiveness and shared educational experiences.”
Pupils actually moved in to the Penarth Learning Community in November 2014 – but the campus probably holds the record for being the “most opened” public building in Wales with several inugural ceremonies of various kinds having been held on the premises. The most recent “opening” was carried out by the Welsh Labour Government’s First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones on March 21st 2016.