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Progress made on major school investment projects

Steady progress is continuing on two major school investment projects in Swansea.

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Working safely by observing social distancing rules contractors remain on site at the new build for Gorseinon Primary and the new school for Swansea's Pupil Referral Unit.

Swansea Council and the Welsh Government are funding the schools.

The £6.9m new school for Gorseinon being built on a corner of Parc-y-Werin is on target to open in the autumn term.

It is being delivered by Andrew Scott Ltd.

A spokesman for the company said: "In order to abide by the current government working conditions, the site has changed dramatically. The building is divided into safe working areas, room sizes reflect the amount of people that should use the spaces and a plan is used to allocate the spaces to work each day.

"With the site working to the latest operating procedures, the site is making slower but steady progress."

Meanwhile the new PRU on the site of Cockett House has also made good progress in recent months.

The new purpose built school will provide staff and pupils with attractive facilities all on one site, replacing outdated accommodation at Brondeg House in Manselton, the Step-Ahead site in Cockett and the Arfryn Education Centre in Penlan.

Pupils who use the service range from age 5 to 16 and all struggle with aspects of their social, emotional or behavioural development. The council's aim, wherever possible, is to support them to return to mainstream education.

Jason Bowen - Senior Site Manager for Kier, said: "We are continuing to operate during this challenging period following current Construction Leadership Council guidelines and implementing social distancing at work, we are extremely proud to be delivering this fantastic scheme for Swansea Council."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "I would like to thank both contractors and their employees for continuing to work safely so that these schools can open as planned.

"I know how much pupils, parents and staff are looking forward to moving in and how much they will benefit these new facilities.

"As part of the safe working and social distancing both sites are quite rightly closed to visitors at the moment but I am looking forward to the day when we can show pupils around so that they can see the progress that has been made."

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