Port Talbot based construction firm Andrew Scott Ltd is pleased to announce their involvement in the construction of a new build Welsh-medium primary school on the current Betws Primary School site.
The contract, worth £9 million, comes after the school successfully secured match funding from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. The programme has already made numerous developments within the education sector possible, and in turn transformed the learning experiences of the pupils at its heart. As part of this particular development and in accordance with the scheme, classrooms will be equipped with technologies and facilities to deliver a truly 21st Century curriculum.
“We are delighted to secure this contract as building new schools is an area we specialise in. We have a great Welsh portfolio in the education sector and we look forward to delivering a first class project at Betws,” said Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd.
Andrew Scott’s portfolio features a number of education projects, both completed and currently in progress. The company has completed works at Broad Haven CP School in Pembrokeshire, Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth in Cefneithin, Hendre Infants School in Caerphilly, St Michael’s Independent School in Llanelli, and Bassaleg Arts Block in Newport. In addition to infant, independent and comprehensive schools, the Andrew Scott team have also led developments at further education facilities including Coleg y Cymoedd’s Llwynypia campus and Cardiff-based St Michael’s College.
“The latest development at Betws will completely replace Betws Primary School, which was partially destroyed by fire in June 2012, and the dilapidated Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm Garw in Pontycymer. Works will essentially create a ‘two schools, one site’ campus, with the two separate wings enabling the school to meet the growing demand for Welsh-medium education,” explained Mark.
Once finished, Betws will provide bilingual education for Cwm Garw and Cwm Ogwr pupils. The school will consist of one wing for English-medium and one wing for Welsh-medium with a shared building in between. Each wing will have its own outdoor teaching spaces, but will share nearby woodland and playing fields. The school will also be able to accommodate extra pupils coming from an enlarged catchment area.
“As part of the project, the English-medium school will be constructed first and will provide space for 394 pupils. After that, the current school buildings will be demolished and construction will begin on the Welsh-medium school, which will have space 379 pupils,” concluded Mark.