Aberdare Girls’ School
Our Aberdare site is a historic conservation project, converting an existing Victorian Girls School into accommodation for over 55’s, the project comprises of a number of bungalows to the rear of the existing school, providing adapted properties for our client Hafod Housing.
- Originally built in 1908, the Aberdare Girls’ School became surplus to requirements as a result of RCT consolidating three existing schools into one new “super school”, adjacent to Sobell leisure centre. As historic building conservation specialists, we immediately recognised the site was of significant importance to the local community and the original school building should be preserved at all costs.
- We put a planning application together which turned the original school building into 26 one and two-bedroom apartments aimed at over 55’s, as well as 18 new build properties to the rear of the site, made up of 16 bungalows and 2 houses.
- Close to the town centre of Aberdare, we understood the development would be particularly attractive to residential occupants as they would be able to walk into Aberdare for various amenities, therefore supporting the local economy and high street.
- Challenges on the site including maintaining the facade of the original school building whilst bringing the building up to modern building standards.