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Bishopston Comprehensive school - Remodelling and refurbishment

This project is jointly funded by Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme and Swansea Council.

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Work gets underway
Work gets underway
Crane work
Building work
Classroom work
Work gets underway
Work gets underway
Work gets underway

The Outline Business Case (OBC) was approved by WG in February 2019; Cabinet approved the scheme and contract award in May 2020. The Full Business Case was approved by WG in June 2020.

Work is progressing to implement plans to undertake an extension, remodelling and refurbishment project to address condition and suitability issues. The programme of works will be phased as appropriate to prioritise the areas of greatest need.

The project includes:

  • Refurbishment to address as a priority condition category C and D elements.
  • Backlog maintenance significantly reduced.
  • Remodelling and extension or new block to address suitability issues.
  • Improvements to building efficiency.


Progress update - August 2020

  • Following the appointment of Kier, work has progressed to develop the overall design and phasing of the extension, remodelling and refurbishment works, to create a 21st Century school environment.
  • Two community engagement events were held in November 2019.
  • The formal planning application was submitted to the local planning authority in December 2019 and subsequently approved in March 2020.
  • Kier commenced on site in June 2020.
  • Two demountables to the rear of the school were demolished in July 2020 to make way for the new modular extension building, which will be installed at the end of August 2020.
  • A turf cutting ceremony took place on 27 August 2020.
  • The first three newly refurbished science classrooms have been handed back to the school.
  • Work continues to progress on the new modular extension, following the delivery and installation of the individual prefabricated pods, which were lifted in to place with a 500 tonne crane.

Project timeline

All dates are provisional and will be confirmed at each stage of the process.



Pre-construction phase - now complete

January 2018 - November 2018

Develop concept plans for school to RIBA stage 2

May 2018 - July 2018

Stakeholder engagement with pupils and staff completed

November 2018 - February 2019

Tender process to appoint a contractor

January 2019

Finalise and submit SOC/OBC for WG approval

March 2019 - October 2019

Design Development to RIBA stage 2-4

March 2020

Finalise and submit FBC for WG approval

Construction phase

June 2020 - July 2020

Demolition period

July 2020 - September 2022

Remodelling and refurbishment undertaken in phases across the school

July 2020 - June 2021

Installation of modular block and construction of new entrance

September 2022 - October 2022

Handover of final phase to the school and completion of the construction phase

Project team

Mr Jeff Bird, Headteacher

Stuart Page, Project Manager

Sarah Rees, Project Support Officer

Claire Lewis-Hopkins and Lee Wyndham, Beyond Bricks and Mortar, Community Benefits

Julian Elsey, ICT Business Relationship Coordinator, Information and Business Change

Darrel Barnes, Architectural Design Manager

Kevin Stanley, Architectural Project Manager

Robert Barnes, Senior Quantity Surveyor

Nigel Hawkins, Projects and Procurement Manager

Peter Rogers, Senior CDM Construction Officer

Community benefits

The Council is committed to supporting local firms and creating jobs for local people. During the proposed works, the Principal Contractor will use local suppliers, where possible, for materials and products. Contractors will be encouraged to employ local workers and offer work experience to unemployed young people.

Pupil engagement

STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art and Maths) engagement will form an integral part of the project. The contractor and Council will work together with the school to support learning opportunities throughout the build project.

Community projects

As part of the project the contractor will be expected to support local initiatives in the area. Further details on this will be provided as the project progresses.

Architects drawing / approved plans

To be uploaded in due course.

Press releases

Work underway on school's £13.8m makeover

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