Contractors are on site and work is progressing well on the new 3-19 Community School in Tonyrefail.
Cabinet Member for Education and Local Councillor for Tonyrefail West, Councillor Eudine Hanagan, visited the site last week to check on progress being made with the £44M development, supported by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme.
Following the visit, Councillor Hanagan said:
“Work has now begun on this £44M project which has been an aspiration for Tonyrefail for some time. I was delighted to be able to visit the site and see for myself the good progress being made.
“Seeing the works taking place, and looking at the plans with the contractors and pupils at the school brought home the scale of this project which will benefit the entire Tonyrefail community.
“The pupils I met whilst on site were so enthusiastic about the new school and excited about the 21st Century facilities which they will be able to enjoy from September 2018.
“Alongside the new school, work to improve the leisure centre, which will facilitate PE Lessons, and a new community use, all-weather 3G pitch, will begin shortly as part of our wider plans to improve facilities on offer to the community.
“Whilst the primary aim of the new school for Tonyrefail is to support increased attainment and better outcomes for pupils, it is positive that the community in general is also set to benefit.
“Investing in our school facilities is a key priority for the Council, with Tonyrefail being one of the latest areas to benefit from significant investment as part of plans to reshape provision in Rhondda and Tonyrefail.
“With large investment projects such as this there are also Community benefits such as opportunities for employment on the project for local people which will provide a boost to the local economy.”
The new 3-19 community school will open in September 2018, with leisure centre improvements and the 3G all-weather pitch set to be completed in March 2017.
Morgan Sindall is the appointed contractors for the new school and will be engaging closely with the local community as work progresses.