Morgan Sindall has completed Rhondda Cynon Taf’s new £10.2m Hirwaun Primary School, marking a new era for the staff and pupils
Morgan Sindall completed work on the new school building last November, allowing pupils and staff to move in.
Construction began on the school in September 2019, with the project handing over on time, despite disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. All building work was carried out in line with guidelines set out by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).
Located on Glanant Street, the site team has demolished the old school structures and created two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs), a grass sports field, bike storage, and a car park.
They have also created a large wildlife area that will be used as a teaching space to help children to interact with nature.
The new Hirwaun Primary School was commissioned by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCT) to replace the existing school’s ageing facilities.
The new building now supports 210 vital additional school and nursery spaces.
It has the capacity to extend to accommodate double that number to meet future demand.
The project was procured through the third-iteration of the four-year, £1bn South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework (SEWSCAP).
Morgan Sindall Construction was appointed to all four lots it tendered for on the framework in 2019, having successfully delivered projects through SEWSCAP since its first iteration in 2010.
The scheme was jointly funded by RCT Council and Welsh Government through their 21st Century Schools and Colleges programme.
100% of environmental waste generated during construction was diverted from landfill, and the new build has been rated ‘Excellent’ by the sustainability assessment method, BREEAM.
As part of its environmentally friendly design, PV-solar panels have been installed on the school’s roof. In addition, a storage tank has been installed underground for green-water harvesting.
This can store up to 50,000 litres of rainwater and is being used as a sustainable drainage option for the school’s toilets.