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Cabinet agrees to appoint contractor for school's make-over

Swansea Council's Cabinet has agreed to appoint a contractor to deliver a £13.8m investment in new and improved buildings and facilities at Bishopston Comprehensive School.

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At a virtual meeting held on Thursday members of the cabinet unanimously approved a report awarding the building works to Kier Western Ltd, subject to final Welsh Government approval for the scheme.

The project will be jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government and is part of a £149.5m investment in Swansea under the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme, the largest ever investment in schools in Swansea and the council's biggest capital investment programme.

The work at Bishopston 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, as well as a new single storey reception area.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills said the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme was a big boost for the local economy as where possible contractors used local labour and suppliers as well as providing welcome apprenticeships and work experience.

Cllr Raynor added: "I'm very pleased that we are making great strides towards commencing work at Bishopston and we are keen that the contractors can get on site as soon as possible so that they can take advantage of the current lockdown and get work started while pupils are not at school.

"I know the school and parents are very keen to see these improvements and I am pleased that pupils have had an input into the design.

"Once completed this will be a big improvement for pupils and school staff and again shows our commitment to improving facilities at schools throughout Swansea."

Planning permission was granted for the project last month. Work will be done in phases with an aim to complete the project by Autumn 2022.

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