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Morgan Sindall appointed to £4 million Pontypridd School scheme

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to build a new junior school block for Llwyncrwn Primary School in Beddau, Pontypridd as part of a £4 million scheme.

The Morgan Sindall team will be creating a new sustainable seven-classroom school building. It will increase and improve education provision for children living in Beddau, and help to provide the school with a 21st century learning space.

The project, which is being delivered for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, is set to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Very Good. It includes a number of sustainable features such as photovoltaic panels which generate electricity from the sun’s energy. Rainwater harvesting systems will be installed and the building’s design will also mean it benefits from natural ventilation. The project is due to complete in February 2016.

The project is based on Morgan Sindall’s bespoke design school offering. This approach uses standardised components and dimensions which are selected to meet schools’ individual needs. This approach has multiple benefits, going beyond the idea of a ‘flat plan’ school building, and allowing for some individual design choices. It still delivers greatly reduced construction costs, which can be lowered by around 60 per cent. Energy costs are also reduced by around 65 per cent and the life cycle cost of the building is decreased by 25 per cent. Overall, the approach creates a practical, cost-effective, long-solution for school providers, without compromising on quality.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councillor Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Delivering the best possible educational facilities for our children is a crucial element in helping them to achieve their potential and we will continue to do all we can to improve and invest in our schools so they are fit for the 21st century. Our commitment is evidenced by the major capital investment in many of our schools in recent years and future investment planned.

“We continue to deliver modern, sustainable and inspiring schools for the benefit of our young people buildings in which they can learn and thrive with Llwyncrwn Primary School just one example.”

Tom Davies, Morgan Sindall operations manager, said: “We’re very pleased to have been appointed to this important scheme and to be working alongside Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to increase and improve school facilities in Pontypridd. We focus on delivering great school buildings that provide children and teachers with a good learning environment, by utilising flexible, adaptable design that delivers natural light, fresh air, and good acoustics – which all aid the learning experience.

“Our teams are well-versed in delivering high-quality education projects on time and within budget and we’re looking forward to bringing that experience to bear on this scheme.”

Morgan Sindall is on-site at a number of education projects in South Wales. These include a £3.2 million project to build Raglan Primary School for Monmouthshire County Council. The building will include state-of-the-art classrooms and a school hall, with space for 210 pupils, ready for a new intake of students from September 2015.

The company is also on-site constructing a new English-medium primary school in the north of Cardiff for Cardiff City Council. The new school will cost around £7.08 million to build, have a capacity of 420 places and accommodate pupils aged 3 to 11. It will include a nursery, which will provide 48 full-time equivalent places and is expected to be open in September 2015, with completion of the whole site in December 2015.