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Contractors appointed Baglan

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 Bay.

Ysgol Bae 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 September 2016.

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 needs.

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 facilities.

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 Talbot.”