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Morgan Sindall tops out at £44 million Welsh super school  

Staff and pupils have been celebrating the key milestone in creating of an 'all through' school in Tonyrefail

Posted by Julian Owen | August 11, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

A topping out ceremony has been held at a new school in Tonyrefail, set to comprise a 360-pupil primary - plus nursery classes - and 1,190-place secondary school and sixth form. 

Morgan Sindall was selected by Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) Council to build the school, which is being delivered under the auspices of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme

Once completed, it will provide a modern ‘all through’ learning environment for pupils aged three to 18. 

The milestone was marked with a traditional topping out ceremony on the roof.

Hosted by Morgan Sindall, it was attended by Headteacher Heather Nicholas, Head of 21st Century Schools, Andrea Richards, and excited pupils afforded a unique view of how their school is shaping up. 

Construction work is “progressing well” and involves the creation of two new buildings, along with the refurbishment of an existing Grade-II listed Victorian building. 

"The development in Tonyrefail is really starting to take shape, and will be a fantastic facility for future generations of staff and pupils to enjoy.” 

Morgan Sindall has worked closely with both the Council and Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service – to ensure that alterations to the listed building are delivered sympathetically, and in keeping with its heritage.  

Robert Williams, Morgan Sindall Area Director, said: “Tonyrefail School, and other modern ‘all through’ campuses which enable the co-location of primary and secondary education services, will help local authorities to meet the challenge of school improvement and set the standard for schools of the future.” 

Councillor Joy Rosser, RCT Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The huge £85m investment in education across Rhondda and Tonyrefail is being delivered thanks to support from #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government, and will transform the opportunities available to our young people. The development in Tonyrefail is really starting to take shape, and will be a fantastic facility for future generations of staff and pupils to enjoy.” 

Construction work is set to be completed by spring 2019.

 

 

 

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