Denbighshire County Council has welcomed news that the building of Rhyl High School has made the shortlist in prestigious architecture awards.
The Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) has announced that the new Rhyl High School, designed by AHR (with professional support from Denbighshire’s Facilities and Assets team), is one of four buildings shortlisted for its Architecture Awards – the first stage of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards 2017.
RIBA Award-winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country, with the awards on offer to RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows.
The new Rhyl High School building was delivered as part of the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools programme and designed by AHR; this 3-storey building forms a campus with the retained community leisure facilities and offers 1,200 student places. The school is also home to 45 pupils from the nearby Ysgol Tir Morfa community special school.
Ten entries were submitted, the other shortlisted projects being One Central Square, an office in Cardiff; Silver House, a property on the Gower Peninsula and The Chickenshed, a former poultry barn in Monmouthshire.
Judges will be visiting the four locations over the coming weeks, with the winner being announced at a ceremony in Cardiff on May 30th. Winners of Welsh Architecture Awards will be considered for a RIBA National Award, which will be announced in June.
Karen Evans, Denbighshire’s Head of Education and Children’s Services, said: “We are delighted that this building has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award and wish architects AHR the best of luck.
“The school is really impressive, with its modern facilities that are fit for the 21st century and the feedback from pupils and staff has been great. The school has been completely transformed and reflects the Council’s commitment to investing in its schools and improving school buildings”.