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YG Gŵyr accommodation improvement project

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

Work is currently progressing to provide a fit for purpose 21st Century learning environment for pupils and staff at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr. It is projected that by 2021 there will be insufficient capacity on site to meet the demands of pupils transferring from partner primary schools. Therefore, it is proposed to extend the current buildings footprint to meet demand and address suitability and condition needs at the site.

Benefits of the project include

  • Sufficiency of basic need for Welsh-medium places in the right location.
  • Improved sufficiency and quality of the learning environment.
  • An improvement in condition and reduction in the current backlog maintenance at the school where appropriate.
  • Potential for community use of enhanced external facilities.

Progress update - March 2020

  • Community engagement events were held on 4 and 5 December at the school.
  • Planning pre-application consultation closed 3 December 2018.
  • The formal planning application was submitted to the Local Planning Authority 19 December 2018.
  • You will find more details and be able to access all the accompanying documentation by using this hyperlink and inserting reference number 2018/2691
  • Strategic outline/outline business case submitted to Welsh Government 25 February 2019 and approved in April 2019.
  • Full planning approval was granted in May 2019.
  • In November 2019 the construction contract was procured through the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework (SWWRCF).
  • The Full Business Case (FBC) was approved by Welsh Government in February 2020.

Indicative timetable



January 2019Finalise economic appraisals, financial appraisal and remainder of OBC
February - March 2019Consideration of Outline Business Case (OBC) by WG Business Case Scrutiny Group (BCSG) and Capital Panel
November 2018 - May 2019Planning application process
January 2020 - February 2020Consideration of Full Business Case (FBC) by WG Business Case Scrutiny Group (BCSG) and Capital Panel, and report to Cabinet
March 2020Contract received and signed by Welsh Government
March 2020Contractor appointed
June 2020Construction start
December 2021Construction completion

Project team

Mr D Jenkins, Headteacher

Nicola Jones, School Business Case Development Manager

Jenny Lewis-Jones, Project Support Officer

Alex Harries, Architectural Project Manager

Nigel Hawkins, Projects and Procurement Manager

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

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) engagement will form an integral part of our 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/progress photos

None at present.


Community engagement events will be held on 4 and 5 December 3.30pm - 6.30pm at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr. Please come along to hear more about the proposal.


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