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Education other than at school (EOTAS) project

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

Front elevation showing commencement of brickwork
Work started to metal frame stud walls
Partially completed steel frame at rear
Partially completed steel frame at front
Steel frame erection at sunrise
Building of steel frame starts
Development of the site following demolition
Early stages of digging out the new access road
Equipment on site
Front elevation showing commencement of brickwork
Work started to metal frame stud walls
Partially completed steel frame at rear
Partially completed steel frame at front
Steel frame erection at sunrise
Building of steel frame starts
Development of the site following demolition
Early stages of digging out the new access road
Equipment on site

We are implementing plans to transform education for some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people and dramatically improve their life chances. Swansea Council has been given the go-ahead to build the new Swansea Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) on land at the rear of Cockett House and work is now progressing in conjunction with the appointed contractor to deliver the new school build so that it is open to pupils in October 2020. This project is jointly funded by Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme and Swansea Council.

The project includes:

New accommodation for the Pupil Referral Unit, which will provide:

  • improved well-being of learners and staff;
  • buildings and facilities fit for the 21st century;
  • a broader, more effective curriculum;
  • improved academic and wider outcomes for learners;
  • a number of the existing buildings will be demolished.

Progress update - September 2019

  • As part of the engagement process, parents, staff, pupils and the PRU Management Committee were invited to attend information sessions in June 2017.
  • Community engagement sessions were held in October 2017, where the proposals were explained by officers from Swansea Council.
  • Planning consent was approved 6 March 2018.
  • A letter publishing the dates of upcoming activities was delivered to local residents living in adjacent properties in December 2018.
  • Demolition of the old Llwyncelyn campus buildings was completed in March 2019.
  • Keir Western Ltd have been appointed to carry out the construction work.

EOTAS project site progress images

Project timeline

A summary of the key milestones for the project is below.

 

MilestoneDate
Pre-construction phase 
Head of Swansea PRU appointedDecember 2016
Consultation commencedJanuary 2017
Feasibility and design for accommodation commissionedJanuary 2017
Head of Swansea PRU commences dutiesApril 2017
Swansea PRU Senior Leadership Team (SLT) positions advertisedMay 2017
Support Team posts advertisedMay 2017
Remaining Support Team posts appointedMay 2017
SLT and remaining support team posts commence dutiesAugust 2017
Begin implementation of new service modelSeptember 2017
Proceed to planning application for new accommodation subject to outcome of feasibility / designOctober 2017
Construction procurement periodJuly - September 2018
Welsh Government approval of the Full Business Case (FBC)October 2018
Construction phase 
Demolition and construction works commenceJanuary - March 2019
Construction completionSeptember 2020
Facility opens to pupilsOctober 2020

 

Education Other than at School (EOTAS)- project team

The team behind the project

NameJob title
Amanda TaylorHead of Swansea PRU
Alayne SmithSchool Business Case Development Manager
Stuart PageProject Support Officer
Darrel BarnesArchitectural Design Manager
Antony Davies / Charlotte BalcombeDesign Architect - Powell Dobson Architects
Nigel HawkinsProjects and Procurement Manager / Senior Quantity Surveyor
Peter RogersCDM Construction Officer
Jason BowenProject Manager, Kier Western Ltd

 

Community benefits

The Council is committed to supporting local firms and creating jobs for local people. During the 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

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) engagement will form an integral part of the project. The contractor and Council will work together 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.

EOTAS project site progress images

Images of the site as it progresses.

FAQs regarding trees on site

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions concerning the trees at the project site.

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