The development of a £30 million phased project at Croesyceilliog School in Cwmbran, South Wales, has reached an important milestone.
Contractor Kier Regional Building Wales has completed the first phase of the scheme, which saw the construction of a new 1,200 pupil school to replace the original building that dated back to the 1950s.
At three storeys high, the new building offers around 10,800m2 of teaching space creates an inspirational and collaborative environment for pupils which also includes a double-height assembly hall, dining area as well as a drama and learning resource centre. Other facilities include a two-story main hall and outdoor pitches and gym and activity studio.
Pupils moved into the new facility earlier this month.
Jason Taylor, Kier Operations Director, Wales said: “We have been working on the Croesyceiliog School project for the last 91 weeks and it is a great achievement to have handed this over three weeks early.
”Thank you and well done to all the team involved in this state-of-the-art school, it’s been a fantastic project to work on and the client is absolutely delighted with the end result. I’m really proud of how closely we have worked with the school and local community to leave a lasting legacy, including providing apprenticeships, hosting work experience opportunities and inviting school ambassadors on to site to see the school progressing first hand.”
John Lewis, Group Leader Property Construction, Torfaen County Borough Council added: “The Kier team, from inception of the project, has worked in a fully collaborative manner with Torfaen’s in-house consultant team in order to produce a first-class facility for the pupils, staff and community of Torfaen.
“There were many challenges throughout the first phase of the project, including constructing the new facility within a live school environment, and these were overcome by proactive, integrated, collaborative project management. All who worked on the project should be proud of their achievements.”
With the new building now complete, work will move to demolish the old buildings and replace them with a new multi-use games area.