Cardiff Life Magazine, Built Environment Feature

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Gareth Howell, our Design Director contributed to this month’s Cardiff Life Magazine, on a Built Environment feature. Along with other local architects, Gareth gave his thoughts on Cardiff’s best examples of architecture, hidden gems, dream local project, and the pro’s and con’s of being an architect in Cardiff. 

The magazine article can be found on pages 34 - 40 and is available to view online below:

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 2017


Gareth Howell and Jamie Donegan from The Urbanists invited clients from Taylor Wimpey South Wales and Melin Homes to join them on the 10th Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest when it came back to Cardiff on the 24th September.


Having a break from the challenges and obstacles of the planning and development process, we thought our clients would like a more physical challenge, which the 10K course certainly provided.


I great day, albeit sore limbs was had by all...!

Working progress on school landscape project

On site engineering works have begun at the construction of Ysgol Parc Y Tywyn, Burry Port where we are the landscape architects. This follows the completion of ground remediation works and discharge of pre-commencement planning conditions.

The brownfield site sits adjacent to the Wales Coastal Park, and the ‘passivhaus’ structure, designed by Architype (alongside WSP), will provide pupils of the Welsh-medium primary school with a positive and pleasant working environment. The building will also provide staff with a contemporary, energy efficient structure and a state of the art teaching facilities.

The works at Ysgol Parc Y Tywyn are being completed alongside the development of Ysgol Trimsaran (where were are also the planning consultants), which is now at an advanced stage of construction. The timber frame structure at Burry Port is up and Dawnus hope to have the structure weathertight by mid-February.

The site Manager, Rob Downs (Dawnus), kindly showed me around the new building while on site to discuss some of the external works features. At this early stage, the benefits of the light and spacious classrooms can be felt along with the generous communal core, which doubles up as a hub space for pupils.

The new building is also set within the falling topography of site, to mange compliant access to the school and associated facilities. The framework for the primary approaches to the building are now in place, in accordance with our design and the benefits of the path orientations and level management can be felt as you approach the main entrance.

Normal service continues within the existing school, which occupies the southern portion of the site, but with the external infrastructure taking shape, the pupils will be in their new School for September 2017. Following occupation of the new building, phase two will see completion of external works.

by James O’Donnell (Senior Landscape Architect)