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YGG Lon Las Project - complete

This project is being jointly funded by the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools programme and the City and County of Swansea.

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YGG Lon Las pupils and staff were delighted to return to their new £9.8million school on 2 May 2017.

The new school is a split-level design with the main reception and administrative areas at the front of the school. The classrooms are on the top level designed in a horseshoe around a central courtyard play area. 

The new environment is a huge improvement compared to the old schools buildings, as now all the classrooms are under one roof and pupils can safely move around the whole school without the need to exit the building.

All staff worked hard in preparing and setting up the classrooms and learning resource areas to ensure everything was ready to welcome pupils on their first day in their new school.

Pupils now have a lovely new flat play area as well as a sports field, ideal for sports days.

The new school also includes a community room, which will be available for letting by arrangement with the School for local community to use.

Although it is a busy time for everyone settling into their new environment, it is also an exciting start for all.

Planners has now approved the reinstatement works at Ysgol Y Cwm Primary School which will start on 14 August 2017. As well as the reinstatement, the contractors Dawnus will also be installing as part of their community benefits initiative for the Bonymaen area benches to replace the former seating area to the rear of Ysgol Y Cwm adjacent to Carreg Cennin Gardens.

PDF Document YGG Lon Las site newsletter - June 2016 (dawnus) (PDF, 567KB)Opens new window

PDF Document YGG Lon Las site newsletter - May 2016 (dawnus) (PDF, 553KB)Opens new window

PDF Document YGG Lon Las layout plans (PDF, 796KB)Opens new window

Progress photos

YGG Lon Las new school build progress

Project timeline

Planning consent - New YGG Lonlas8 September 2015
Cost certainty17 September 2015
Cabinet approval to award Stage 2 Contract and continue with the creation of temporary facilities at YG Y Cwm17 September 2015
Planning consent - temporary school and temporary car park at Cefn Hengoed25 September 2015
FBC submission1 October 2015
WG review panel12 October 2015
Cabinet approval to proceed15 October 2015
WG Capital Panel decision28 October 2015
Temporary school complete24 December 2015
Move/transition to temporary siteJanuary 2016
New school - construction startFebruary 2016
New school - construction completionMarch 2017
New school opensMay 2017

Community benefits

The council is committed to supporting local firms and creating jobs for local people. Dawnus the principle contractor for the works at the school have registered the site with the Considerate Constructor scheme and expect to be regularly assessed on the site appearance, respecting the community, protecting the environment, secure everyone's safety, and valuing the work force. During the proposed works Dawnus will endeavour to 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.

Community benefits for the local community

During the course of the project Dawnus have undertaken community benefits activities within both the Bonymaen and Llansamlet areas.

Llansamlet community benefits

Within the Llansamlet area there is a 6 hectare nature reserve which is one of the few remaining areas of wetland in the City and County of Swansea. The reserve is home to a large variety of plants and animals including newts and orchids. Over the years the pathway around the site has fallen into disrepair. As part of their Community Benefits programme Dawnus have improved and upgraded the access path around part of the nature reserve, and this is due to be completed within the new few weeks. Once completed you will be able to walk around the new path and see the diverse habitat supporting the large variety of plants and animals.

Bonymaen community benefits

As part of the community benefits being delivered by Dawnus for the Bonymaen area the contractor teamed up with Swansea Council's Communities First project and Beyond Bricks and Mortar Team to deliver a construction training course for unemployed people in the area and a chance of work experience to help them make the right steps towards employment. The course provides training in asebestos awareness, manual handling and Health and Safety in order for participants to obtain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards needed for working on a construction site. Both of the training and tests were funded by Dawnus. It is hoped that all those who attended the training will pass the CSCS test and will then be able to undertake two weeks work experience at the site of the new YGG Lon Las School.

YGG Lon Las project update (school accommodation)

Information regarding temporary school accommodation during the new build.

Community information sessions

Thank you to everyone who took part in the YGG Lonlas community information sessions, and gave us feedback on the proposals. This is a summary of the process which was undertaken and the questions raised by local residents.

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