The Council’s Cabinet Member has visited Hirwaun Primary School to see the progress made since September, towards replacing the current school buildings with improved £10.2m facilities by 2021.
On September 2, 2019, the Council’s contractor Morgan Sindall began its first work on site to deliver a brand new 21st Century school to replace the current buildings at Glanant Street. The 3-11 school will include state-of-the-art facilities, two Multi Use Games Areas, an early years Flying Start facility, staff car parking, an ecological habitat area, a grass sports pitch and external spaces.
The development, which was agreed by Cabinet Members in September 2018 and granted planning permission in August 2019, is part of a wider £23.9m investment in education for the Upper Cynon Valley being delivered by 2022.
Funded through #RCTinvest and Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, significant improvements will also be delivered at Penderyn Primary School, YGG Aberdâr and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun.
Councillor Joy Rosser visited Hirwaun Primary School on Wednesday, November 6, to see the progress being made with the development. To date, the contractor has established its site offices, built an access road, and completed the demolition of the school’s existing infant school building.
This followed the installation of four temporary classrooms, which the school’s infant classes have now moved into. This temporary accommodation was very well received by parents visiting for the school’s recent Parents’ Evening.
The next activity on site – which will take place in the coming months – will include piling and drainage works, the completion of concrete foundations, and installing structural steelwork to form the new school building.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “I was pleased to visit Hirwaun Primary School, which has already begun to transform with the demolition of the infant classrooms – a first landmark for this major project. It will replace the dated existing facilities by 2021, with a learning environment fit for the 21st Century, for the benefit of current and future pupils in Hirwaun.
“The Council has an excellent track record of delivering 21st Century Schools projects in recent years, benefitting from considerable funding from Welsh Government and our own investment programme – #RCTinvest. The Council has secured a 65% contribution for the new primary school in Hirwaun.
“The Hirwaun project – along with others in Penderyn, Cwmdare and Penywaun being delivered by 2022 – follows a number of successful 21st Century Schools schemes completed for the 2018/19 academic year. Brand new schools were delivered in Cwmaman, Tonypandy, Tonyrefail and Porth – with young people in these communities becoming the latest to benefit from a transformed learning experience and better opportunities in their education.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the next stages of the project in Hirwaun, which will see everything put in place for the steel framework of the new building to be installed, as the next major landmark for the scheme.”
Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019