Case Study: Sobell Redevelopment, Aberdare

ChandlerKBS provided project and programme management services for the construction of a new 1600 pupil secondary school, new dry sports leisure centre, athletics track/stadium and supporting infrastructure and external works.  The school includes a performing arts studio and a "black box" room for use as a dance and performance arts facility. 

The BREEAM Excellent scheme is part funded by the Welsh Government and will be completed in 2015.

The complex programme includes:

  • the relocation of existing allotments,
  • a new access bridge across the River Cynon,
  • skate park,
  • artifical grass pitch,
  • reconfigured and additional parking,
  • school (modular designs),
  • dryside leisure centre alongside existing Ynys Swimming Pool,
  • refurbishment of existing Ynys Swimming Pool (by a separate contractor).

The programme is being undertaken whilst maintaining all existing facilities and therefore involves significant stakeholder engagement.  The site sits in the Cynon Valley flood plain and as a result also involves careful design, liaison and construction within National Resource Wales restrictions.


Sobell Redevelopment, Aberdare


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