Wales £1.4bn School Building Programme Announced
Tuesday, 6th December 2011More work for the construction industry in Wales as £1.4bn funding for the first wave of Wales' biggest ever school building programme has been announced. Although due to cutbacks work is due to start later than first planned and projects will also be spread over a longer period, with councils expected to fund a larger contribution than first envisaged. The Welsh Government had originally planned to put up 70% of the funding for the 21 st Century schools’ programme but told local councils a few months ago they would only be providing 50%. The councils were told to resubmit their education proposals taking this into consideration. Education Minister Leighton Andrews said: “Securing capital investment in these difficult economic times is essential not only for better education outcomes but for the continued support of our construction industry and the growth of our economy.” The announcement means a number of school building projects will now go ahead such as: -
- 25 projects worth £132m have been given the go-ahead in Cardiff, including a new Eastern High School.
- There are 14 rebuilds or refurbishments planned for Swansea.
- Rhondda Cynon Taf was the authority awarded the most money with projects to the value of £160m to be built by 2020.
- A new £32m super school for pupils aged three to 18 in Llandysul, Ceredigion, is among the contested projects to be given the green light.
Welsh Priority School Projects – Full List
|Anglesey||£7.9m||Primary school, Holyhead|
|Blaenau Gwent||£20.3m||Inc. Welsh medium secondary school and schools in Abertillery and Tredegar|
|Bridgend||£45m||Inc. six schools and special needs provision|
|Caerphilly||£92m||Inc work at St Ilan (Welsh medium) and Rhymney|
|Cardiff||£137.3m||Involves 25 schools, inc. new Eastern High School|
|Carmarthenshire||£86.7m||Work involving 12 schools|
|Ceredigion||£32m||Llandysul school building|
|Conwy||£18m||Work in Caerhun, Llandudno Jct, Colwyn Bay and Penmaenrhos|
|Denbighshire||£73.4m||Inc. Bodnant Community School, Cynwyd area school and faith-based secondary|
|Flintshire||£64.2m||Inc high school at Connah’s Quay and community campus at Holywell|
|Gwynedd||£36.22m||Inc work in Berwyn and Y Gader catchments, Groeslon and Glan Cegin|
|Merthyr||£17.1m||Inc work at Pen y Dre and Afon Taf high schools|
|Monmouthshire||£79.5m||Involves five secondary and seven primary schools|
|Neath Port Talbot||£93m||Seven schools inc. Welsh medium secondary south of borough|
|Newport||£15m||Inc replacing portable classrooms at seven schools and reorganisation of four schools|
|Pembrokeshire||£150m||Work at nine schools inc. county learning campus secondary school|
|Powys||£78.2m||Work at six schools, inc. Gwernyfed Primary review|
|Rhondda Cynon Taf||£160m||Nine projects inc. secondary reorganisation in Aberdare|
|Swansea||£51m||Work inc. 10 primary schools, Pentrehafod Comp and review of post-16 provision|
|Torfaen||£81.6m||Work on four secondary and five primary, inc. new Ysgol Panteg|
|Vale of Glamorgan||£21m||Work at Ysgol Nant Talwg, Ysgol Dewi Sant, Llantwit Major Comp and school reorg in Barry cluster|
|Wrexham||£22.3m||Work at four primaries and flexible learning zone at town secondary|