Contractors appointed for new school in Baglan
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has appointed Bouygues
UK as the main building contractor for the new school in Baglan
The school will be built on the Western Avenue playing fields
adjacent to Seaway Parade, Sandfields. Work is underway to prepare
the site for construction and the school is due to open in
The contractor appointment for this new school marks the next
step in the Council’s ambitious programme for school improvement.
At the heart of the programme is the desire to deliver the best
possible education for children in Neath Port Talbot and to
maximise the resources available to the Council.
This £40m development is supported by a 50% grant fund from the
Welsh Government’s 21st Century School Programme with the remaining
50% coming from the Council’s own resources.
The new ‘all-through’ (3-16) school will replace Cwrt Sart
Community School, Glanafan Comprehensive School, Sandfields
Comprehensive School and Traethmelyn Primary School. It will
accommodate 1100 secondary age pupils and 300 primary age pupils
and 100 specialist places for pupils with additional learning
It will provide an inspirational teaching and learning
environment for the benefit of the whole school community. Both
working and social spaces have been designed to promote a positive
effect on behaviour and attitude, and on well-being.
The school will be at the heart of the local community, and will
encourage community use by providing a secure and welcoming but
easily accessed and managed environment. The community will have
access to sports facilities and other areas in the building for
academic and vocational purposes, as well as performance spaces,
meeting rooms, conference and recreation facilities.
The school will also incorporate a number of all-weather sports
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said:
“Despite the budget pressures we face, the investment in this new
school demonstrates our commitment to education and providing the
best possible opportunities for our young people.
“Working in partnership with the Welsh Government we are creating
the best environment for teaching and learning to help us improve
standards, making sure the right schools are in the right place,
and that they are fit for 21st Century learners.”
Speaking as the contract was announced, Bouygues UK’s Regional
Managing Director for Western, Chris Stevens, said: “The challenge
is to deliver a modern educational facility for a large, diverse
group of students, of various age groups and with different
requirements - all on the one campus. It’s a complex project but we
have a strong reputation for building similar, successful school
projects in the region, including the award-winning Coleg Cymunedol
Y Dderwen in nearby Bridgend and Penarth Learning Community. We
look forward to working with the council and support them to
improve the educational facilities for pupils in Neath Port