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Pentrehafod School project frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about the Pentrehafod School project.

How will the authority ensure that there is no disruption to pupils and that the occupied areas of the school are safe?
During the phased programme of works Morgan Sindall and CCS will work very closely with the schools senior management team to ensure pupil and staff movements are safely and securely managed whilst also minimising disruption to classes. Physical hoardings shall be constructed to make sure that work areas are separate from the areas the school users will occupy. The contractor will have their own entrance to the school site and all deliveries will be postponed during busy periods at the beginning and end of the school day. 

What is the design process for the new school?
The Department for Education and Skills Building Bulletin 98 sets out a briefing framework for secondary school projects. This document outlines area guidelines for all types of space in secondary schools, and will inform the design.
The authority is pursuing a two stage tender procurement process. The first stage will be to develop initial concept designs through to planning stage. This involves considerable consultation with the school and end users to as far as possible provide a school that meets the aspirations of all users within the constraints of the budget. Once these have been agreed the team will progress the detailed design. When complete we will progress with cost certainty for the project, only at this stage will we then consider progressing to stage 2 which will be the commencement of construction works on site.

Will the new school have sufficient parking for everyone both during construction work?
The relocation of the car park to the front of the school site will ensure that staff and visitors to the school have sufficient car parking spaces. The contractor's compound will be located on the existing redgra area which will ensure they are separated from school users at all times. Using this approach it is anticipated that all parking will be segregated on the school site whilst ensuring safe access and egress for everyone.

How will the noise and disruption to residents be managed during the re-development?
The contractor when appointed will enrol in the Considerate Contractor scheme. These require the construction team to work in partnership with the local community during the building process. This will take into account the start and finish time of workers and the noise levels on the construction site. There will be regular communication between the contractor and local residents during the construction process. The majority of the construction work is within the school grounds and the contractor will be utilising their own entrance for the duration of the project to minimise disruption to the general public and school users.

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