Swansea Labour councillors have heralded the progress being made on the multi-million pound new Welsh-medium primary school in Llansamlet.
Lôn Las is taking shape so dramatically that pupils have taken a peek at the latest developments on site.
The steel skeleton of the new YGG Welsh Medium Primary is now showing just above the hoardings in Llansamlet and gives an indication of the learning-friendly accessible lay out of the £9.8million development.
This week the structural steel decking which covers the whole of the steel frame roof has arrived on site from Tata steel – manufactured at the company’s Welsh Shotton site.
It will cover a 21st Century school which boasts well laid out, light and airy classrooms, some ensuite. These classrooms will be grouped around open shared learning areas in line with modern teaching and each opens out into carefully designed outdoor spaces too.
“The new school which is now taking shape will be truly state-of-the-art, designed around the learning needs of this popular Welsh-medium primary,” said Councillor Bob Clay, ward member for Llansamlet.
Councillor Ryland Doyle said: “It will provide a safe, sound and fit for purpose environment with quality teaching and learning facilities necessary to provide a 21st Century standard education.”
And Councillor Uta Clay added: “The scheme will also be delivering added benefits through the Council’s Beyond Bricks and Mortar community benefit initiative, set up to help unemployed and disadvantaged people into work.
“To date four candidates have secured sustainable job opportunities with the contractor Dawnus having been transferred from the previous Burlais school project onto Lôn Las, with a further two new candidates offered placements this week.”
Added Cllr Penny Matthews: “The Lôn Las buildings were becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and in great need of improvement if the school was going to continue to provide quality Welsh-medium education on the site.
“I’ve been pressing for the new build since becoming a councillor in 2007 and have worked closely with council officers ever since, so am delighted to see this coming to fruition.”
The Lôn Las project is funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government as part of a 21st Century Schools programme to upgrade school facilities to help improve education and boost pupil attainment.
It’s being led by Swansea Council’s Education projects team and Corporate Building Services and developed by Swansea-based company Dawnus.
The scheme is one of the ways the Council is investing in and meeting demand for Welsh Medium Education and aims to boost pupil attainment. Lôn Las will house around 500 pupils when complete in autumn 2017.
Updates on the build are available at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/newygglonlasbuild