Islwyn High School

Oakdale, Gwent
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Key facts & Challenges

  • Sector: Education
  • Client: Islwyn High School
  • Architect: AHR
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon
  • Subcontractor: M&P; Manorcraft

Islwyn High School’s much-anticipated £25.5 million campus was completed in spring 2017.  More than 1,100 pupils will benefit from the modern three-storey building, which combines the former Oakdale and Pontllanfraith secondary schools into one ‘super school’ to maximise land availability and provide a seamless teaching experience for students.

Project architects AHR focused on creating an uplifting and durable learning environment with large open spaces, including specialist sports facilities to encourage active lifestyles.

Siniat worked with AHR, main contractor Willmott Dixon and installation subcontractors M&P and Manorcraft to provide interior and exterior drylining solutions for Islwyn High School...

Installation Phase

Siniat’s Weather Defence external sheathing board helped to accelerate the delivery of Islwyn High School in time for the 2017/18 academic year. The material’s water-resistant core and facer offers a fast and easy weatherproofing solution, allowing internal works to begin earlier.

Siniat Ladura Plasterboard in Sports hall Islwyn school
40% Less Carbon

Lightweight Weather Defence external sheathing board has 40 per cent less embodied carbon than equivalent cement particle boards.

8 metres high

A metal stud partition system for double height areas was able to fulfil the architect’s vision.

Shaftwall System with SIniat Plasterboard Islwyn High School

" Weather Defence is our number one choice for external sheathing. It’s technically at the top of its class and is quick to install without compromising quality.”

Chris Morton, Managing DirectorManorcraft


Local Impact

Whether it’s athletics or orchestra practice, a focus on high quality construction details and industry-leading products from Siniat have ensured that pupils of Islwyn High School can learn in a modern, durable and welcoming environment. As well as helping the project to stay on schedule, Siniat’s innovative technologies supported the scheme in achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation.

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