Work to start on £22m city school revamp
THE head teacher of a Swansea school set to benefit from a £22 million facelift has hailed the start of works as an "important day" in its history.
Morriston Comprehensive School is about to undergo an exciting transformation as it prepares to be remodelled with modern facilities within brand new energy-efficient buildings.
To mark the start of the work, a turf-cutting ceremony led by civic leaders will be held at the site tomorrow from 11.30am.
The school's acting head teacher, Sandra Joy, said: "This is an important day for the school and we are looking forward to seeing the planned first class learning environment taking shape.
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"We are working closely with the local authority and contractors (Carillion) to continue to provide quality education safely at the site throughout the work programme."
The project is funded by a £15.3 million grant from the Welsh Government with the remaining money coming from Swansea Council.
The new striking design will include a flexible space at the heart of the school featuring an inspiring entrance and landscaped court yard.
Teaching facilities will be grouped together to allow greater departmental interaction, while there will also be new and improved facilities for hairdressing, construction, catering, drama and music.
Energy efficiency will also be considered in the design as solar panels, solar glazing, rainwater harvesting as well as flow controls on taps and sensors in classrooms are implemented.
William Evans, the council's cabinet member for learning and skills, said: "I will be delighted to witness the official start of work which will give Morriston a school fit for the 21st century.
"The upgrade is a significant investment in our children and our city's future.
"It is one of the major projects in the council's drive to raise standards and improve educational environments in the city.
"Officers will be working closely with the school, contractors and the local community to keep the school open throughout and minimise inconvenience to residents."