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Steel frame complete as new school takes shape

The steel structure for a new Gorseinon Primary school is now in place with contractors making good progress on the scheme.

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The £6.9m development will replace outdated Victorian buildings with light, spacious classrooms, school hall, dining area and outdoor facilities including an all-weather 3G pitch and multi-use games area that will be available for community use outside of school hours.

It is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and Welsh Government and is being delivered by Andrew Scott Ltd.

The council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills Jennifer Raynor visited the site at Parc-y-Werin this week.

Cllr Raynor said: "I was really pleased to see the excellent progress being made on the new build and to see the plans coming to life.

"Everything is on schedule for this fantastic new school to open next September and I know how much the pupils and staff at Gorseinon are looking forward to moving in.

"I was interested to hear that many local suppliers and contractors are being used on the development boosting the local economy.

"As well as hosting a visit from the school pupils, Andrew Scott Limited have also welcomed students from Swansea University and Gower College on site as part of their studies."

This clip shows a view of the completed steel frame from Parc Y Werin

Now the steel frames are in place work can start on the roof of the building.

The new school's external spaces,  including multi-use game area and all-weather pitch, have been marked out on the Brynawel Road side of the development.

These will be made available outside of school hours and will further improve the community facilities around Parc-y-Werin following the opening of a brand new children's play area in the summer that has already been a hit with young children and their parents.

There was already a full sized grass football pitch at the park which remains untouched.

Work is also taking place to improve the surrounding roads ahead of next September's opening.

Tom Rees, Andrew Scott Ltd Project Manager said: "Andrew Scott Ltd are pleased to be working with Swansea Council on this project, to give the pupils and staff at Gorseinon a new school building fit for the 21st Century.

"We are making excellent progress on site, with ground improvements, drainage and foundation works completed within programme ready for the steelwork which is now showing off the shape of the new school.

"It's been a pleasure to engage with Gorseinon School staff and pupils, hosting on site visits and going in to the school to deliver various presentation about the project."

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