Plans for Ysgol Hamadryad go forward

12 December 2016

Plans for the new Welsh medium primary school building for Butetown and Grangetown have gone to Cardiff Council.

The first year class at Ysgol Hamadryad started in September at temporary classrooms on the Ninian Park primary site in Virgil Street.

The new school is due to be build on land behind the old Hamadryad Hospital and next to Hamadryad Park in time for next September.

The plans have now gone forward by architects Stride Treglown, on behalf of builders Morgan Sindall and Cardiff Council.


Two residents have objected, concerned about parking and traffic issues in an already congested area, as well as the impact during building work.

The application says a school safety zone with “keep clear” markings would be introduced, and a “park and walk” policy encouraged for pupils and parents. It says problems from pile driving on nearby homes were “unlikely”.

The details of the plans include:


  • Classrooms on two floors for up to 420 pupils, 48 nursery pupils and 50 staff


  • A car park with 25 staff and two disabled spaces.




  • A main hall and smaller hall




  • A community room

  • Multi-purpose games area and play areas




  • Changing rooms will be usable by the community out of school hours and near to the park pitches




  • Security from perimeter fences



The application document says about the building: “While the parkland setting will be maintained as much as possible, proposed new landscape planting will seek to embed the development within its surroundings and not detract from the character and appearance of the area.”

Writing in Grangetown News in October, head Rhian Carbis called the new development “exciting” and said “as the 20th Welsh medium school in the city and the very first in Butetown and Grangetown community, we have an opportunity to become an integral part of the local area.”

An open morning is being held on Tuesday 13th December at 9.30am for parents interested in the new school from September 2017 – please go along to the temporary school on the Ninian Park primary site.

Background on the campaign for the school

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