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Pentrehafod School project

The City and County of Swansea (CCS) submitted a business case to Welsh Government (WG) in February 2015 outlining its plans to carry out a significant programme of refurbishment and remodelling across the Pentrehafod school estate.

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Welsh Government approved the initial proposals in principle with the intention that CCS would submit a final business case developing the scheme in much more detail. The submission of this final business case is expected this summer, with works starting on site in the autumn of 2016.

The aim of the project will be to bring the school buildings up to 21st century standards. This will include not only the refurbishment of key elements such as new roof and windows, but will also involve partial rebuild and extension of the existing buildings. This will allow the school to coordinate the curriculum more effectively in line with curriculum changes over the next couple of years.

Morgan Sindall was appointed in January 2016 to undertake the detailed design work for the project. Since then regular design workshops have been held with the school which have used Building Bulletin 98 as the benchmark for determining the correct number and size of spaces within a secondary school.

Some of the changes which are being proposed are as follows:

  • The removal of demountables in the central courtyard of the school. Instead this area will be landscaped so that pupils and staff have access to it during the school day.
  • The Pentrehafod Alternative Curriculum Education (PACE) programme which is currently being delivered off campus will return to the school site. The relocation of this within the school grounds in a new purpose built unit will enable pupils to more easily access the mainstream curriculum.
  • New changing facilities will be provided in the new PACE unit and located at the front of the school site. This will also be available to the community out of school hours.
  • Sports facilities on the site will be further enhanced with the resurfacing of the redgra area. This facility alongside the existing pool and sports hall will continue to serve the local community out of school hours.
  • Major refurbishment and remodelling works will include the upgrade of the building fabric, roofs will be insulated and recovered and windows will be replaced.
  • Some buildings will be linked by a new two storey extension which will contain a dedicated dining area on the ground floor and study deck for pupils and staff on the first floor. This double height space will overlook the new courtyard spaces which will form the heart of the school.
  • Car parking will be relocated to the front of the school which will further support pupil and staff safety on the school site. This will also become an area which can be used by sports users accessing the site out of school hours.

The major refurbishment works are expected to take two years and will be phased in five distinct areas. Taking this approach will ensure that the school remains onsite throughout the build programme. During this period Morgan Sindall and CCS will work very closely with the schools senior management team in order to maintain pupil and staff movements as safely and as securely as possible whilst also minimising disruption to classes.

Project update

September/October 2017

5 September 2017 - pupils returned to Pentrehafod school at the start of the autumn term. Both staff and pupils alike were amazed at the amount of work that has taken place over the summer break.

The front of the school has been completely transformed; the old roundabout has been removed and replaced with a new car park. As you arrive at the school visitors are now able to see the new reception area currently under construction due to be completed Spring 2018.

The art block extension to the rear of the school has now been handed back to the school. All rooms have a state of art teaching wall, the new larger windows and coloured feature wall all enhance the pupils learning environment, the bright colourful classrooms are ideal for art and textile studies, a world away from their previous classrooms.

Over the summer a lot of demolition work has taken place to the old school buildings, foundations have been dug in readiness for the steel supports which are currently being delivered and installed over the next few weeks. The next few months will be a challenging time for the school as the construction site now moves into the heart of the school site. The Project Team and Morgan Sindall are both working closely with the school to ensure there is no disruption to the running of the school.

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Project timeline

The following is a summary of the key milestones for the project. These will be updated as the project progresses.

February 2015Strategic Outline Case (SOC)/Outline Business Case (OBC) submitted to Welsh GovernmentCompleted
April 2015Welsh Government approval of SOC/OBCCompleted
February 2016Report to Cabinet and appointment of contractor to carry out detailed designCompleted
February - July 2016Detailed design and planning applicationCompleted
July 2016Submission of Full Business Case to Welsh GovernmentCompleted
August 2016If Welsh Government approve the Full Business Case appointment of contractor for the constructionCompleted
Autumn 2016Start on siteCompleted
Summer/Autumn 2018Completion of works 
Autumn 2018All areas of school open to pupils 


Community use during the construction programme

It is recognised that the swimming pool and sports facilities on the Pentrehafod school site are well used by the community, therefore it is the intention of the project to maintain public access at all times wherever possible. Working closely with the school, Morgan Sindall and CCS will try to minimise the impact on community use as much as possible.

It is the aim of the project to offer further opportunities for community use on the campus once all the works have been completed. This includes plans for an upgrade of the redgra pitch which will be available for community use during evenings and weekends. The new  outdoor changing facilities and adjoining two new classrooms will be available to the community outside the school day.

The relocation of the car park to the front of the school site will allow community access to the already well-used sports hall, outdoor pitches and swimming pool outside the school day and at weekends.

Flythrough and project start video

Architect's impression of the new remodelling and partial rebuild.

Consultation with pupils and staff

Pentrehafod pupils and staff at the school have recently completed a questionnaire telling the project what they would like to see in the remodelled and refurbished buildings.

Pentrehafod School project FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Pentrehafod School project.

Community benefits of the Pentrehafod School project

A summary of some of the key community benefits which the project will aim to support during the course of the 2 year phased building programme.

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