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Contractor set to be appointed for £13.8m school make-over

A CONTRACTOR is set to be appointed to deliver a £13.8m investment in new and improved buildings and facilities at Bishopston Comprehensive School.

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Swansea Council's Cabinet is being asked to approve a report at its meeting on Thursday that would see Kier Western Ltd awarded the contract following a tendering process, subject to final approval for the scheme from the Welsh Government.

Bishopston is the latest secondary school in Swansea in line for a make-over that will see the refurbishment and remodelling of existing buildings to provide modern classrooms for pupils and teaching staff.

Work will also include a new two storey extension to replace the demountables which are no longer fit for purpose.

The scheme will be jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government as part of a £149.5m investment in school facilities in Swansea under the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme.

Planning permission was granted for the project last month and work could start as early as June subject to restrictions around the current coronavirus pandemic.

Work would be done in phases with an aim to complete the project by Autumn 2022.

Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills said: "This major investment will address the current condition of the school buildings and provide modern, flexible teaching facilities to create distinct faculty areas to meet the changing demands of the curriculum.

"A lot of hard work has already gone on behind the scenes with our education department working closely with the headteacher and governing body.

"Pupils, parents and staff at Bishopston can look forward to an exciting future for the school."

Work is still progressing on a new school building for Gorseinon Primary and for a new build for the Pupil Referral Unit at a site in Cockett.

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