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Work starts Monday on new home for Welsh medium school

Preparatory work is due to start on Monday ahead of construction of a brand new home for a successful Welsh medium primary school with extra places for pupils and a Flying Start centre.

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A new £11.5m school for YGG Tirdeunaw will be built on land fronting Heol Gwyosydd next to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe.

Swansea Council, which is jointly funding the project with the Welsh Government, has appointed Morgan Sindall as the main contractor and they have been working together to develop the next stages of the project.

As part of the planning consent, the Council will also be undertaking alterations to a section of Heol Gwyrosydd which will include improved lighting, speed calming, a new pedestrian crossing and the creation of a parent vehicle drop off/pick up layby.    

In light of the COVID19 outbreak construction teams will be applying Government social distancing guidelines while working in the area.

On Monday Western Power Distribution is due to commence trenching works so there may be temporary traffic restrictions in the area during the coming weeks.

Morgan Sindall are then due to move on site towards the end of July.

The new school is due to open in the autumn of next year though this will be subject to any further announcements and working restrictions which may be implemented in coming weeks and months.

YGG Tirdeunaw is currently based next to the former Daniel James secondary school site at Heol Ddu and currently provides 420 full-time places and 60 nursery places but the buildings are no longer suitable for the increasing demand for places at the school.

The new build, which is less than a mile from the current site and is also more central to the majority of current pupils attending the school, will provide places for 525 full-time pupils and 75 nursery places along with a Flying Start/Dechrau Deg' initiative.

The project also includes a purpose-built coach park that will serve YGG Bryn Tawe as well as a dedicated car park for staff and modifications to the site Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "When completed, this new build will make a huge difference to pupils and staff and also help us to deliver our commitment to increase the number of Welsh medium education places at schools in Swansea.

"Contractors working on site have detailed plans to comply safely with social distancing guidelines.

"Wherever possible they will also be using local suppliers and employing and providing work experience opportunities for local people which in these difficult economic times is more important than ever.

"I'm looking forward to seeing this new build take-shape as part of our ambitious programme to invest almost £150m in school infrastructure in Swansea in the next few years under the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme."

Additional information regarding the project can be found at https://www.swansea.gov.uk/yggtirdeunawprojec

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