Local News & Archive — March 30, 2017 at 8:15 am — Updated: March 30, 2017 at 11:51 am

Rhyl High School up for architecture prize

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Rhyl High School

Rhyl High School has been shortlisted for this year’s Wales Architecture Awards.

The new £25 million complex, which opened last spring, is among four entries in the running for the prestigious prize, awarded by the The Royal Society of Architects.

The other finalists are the One Central Square development in Cardiff, the Silver House property on the Gower and The Chickenshed – a former poultry barn – in Monmouthshire.

Judges will visit the four locations in the coming weeks – with the winner being announced at Cardiff and Vale College on Tuesday 30th May. The winners will also be shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize, awarded for the best building of the year by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Built on former playing fields, over 1200 pupils moved from the former school buildings on the Grange Road site into the new complex for lessons last April. It also accommodates 45 pupils from the nearby special school, Ysgol Tir Morfa.

Head of education for Denbighshire County Council, Karen Evans, 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 21stcentury 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”.

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