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Morriston Comprehensive School Project - Complete

Information about the Morriston Comprehensive School upgrade.

Morriston Comprehensive School

Work on the £22m upgrade of Morriston Comprehensive School is now complete. The project was funded by a £15.3 million grant from the Welsh Government with the remaining £6.5 million coming from Swansea Council.

The new school's striking design features include a flexible space at the heart of the school featuring an inspiring entrance and landscaped courtyard. The design includes an open atrium in the dining hall and a functional main hall with retractable seating and audio visual facilities to make staging professional standard productions a possibility.

Teaching facilities are grouped together to allow greater departmental interaction as well as new facilities for hairdressing, construction, catering, drama and music.

The new school has a modern hard-wired and wireless IT infrastructure throughout.

Construction work began in summer 2012 and was completed in late 2014. 

Morriston Comprehensive School upgrade

Project timeline

Construction start date - 2 July 2012
Phase 1 actual handover date - 24 October 2013
Phase 2 actual handover date - 24 December 2014
Pupils arrive on site - 5 January 2015
Official opening - 13 July 2015

Progress updates

In December 2015 phase two of Morriston Comprehensive School rebuild was completed. This signals the final phase of a £22million flag ship development, with a joint working partnership between Welsh Government, Carillion and the City and County of Swansea. Morriston Comprehensive School was the first strategic rebuild of an entire school.

Both City and County of Swansea, Carillion Building and the school wanted to ensure the £22 million investment reverberated positively around the local economy providing educational, economic, regeneration and sustainable opportunities for all.

The school has been radically transformed and upgraded to meet the needs of 21 century school pupils which now boasts state of the art classrooms, a drama theatre and meeting area for pupils which is in the heart of the school.  The school can now use their own theatre for their forthcoming drama productions normally put on in other facilities.

The project was completed on time and on budget utilising the most modern and energy efficient innovations. While construction took place the school remained open and the1,000 or so pupils continued with their schooling. 

The official opening undertaken by Sir Terry Mathew took place in July 2015 with a host of dignitaries in attendance. The pupils were excited to be part of the event it is hoped Sir Terry will inspire the pupils to make the most of their future careers.

Community benefits

During the £22 million project it has been estimated that the: 

  • Revenue to Welsh based businesses = £14.67
  • Income to people living in Wales = £6.5m
  • Overall investment in the Welsh & UK economy = £43.8m

Carillion throughout the project took on apprentices' in the following trades:

  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Engineer
  • Electrician and a Trainee Site Supervisor

Through Beyond Bricks and Mortar team, trainees were sourced from: the long term unemployed (Swansea Workways ProgrammeOpens new window); college starters that need help getting a placement; existing apprentices that have been made redundant; and the Construction Youth Trust (unemployed people wanting to enter construction).

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