The ‘new-look’ £6.7 million expansion of Cwmbach Primary School has opened its doors to pupils and staff.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, along with its contractors Willmott Dixon, has delivered on its promise, providing an extra 150 infant places at the school in the Cynon Valley.
Wales Finance Minister Jane Hutt has visited the school, which boasts a new state-of-the-art infants building housing five classrooms, as well as facilities for staff, a kitchen, a main hall and a new reception area.
The junior block at the school has also been refurbished as part of the works and a high quality multi-use games area (MUGA) has been added to the existing sports pitch
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, has also been to the school to see the completed works, along with Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd and AM Christine Chapman.
Despite having to make tough decisions in recent weeks to bridge the Council’s funding gap, the multi-million-pound expansion of Cwmbach Primary School provides much-needed accommodation for a growing population in the region as well as improving primary school provision.
Cwmbach Primary School now has ‘photovoltaic’ panelling to boost the building’s energy efficiency. It also has a green roof, surface water attenuation and sprinklers, which are linked to the old building.
The expansion project helped to create jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities for local people and business.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “During these tough economic times, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council remains committed to education in the 21st Century.
“Providing the best possible school facilities for our children and young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf has long-since been one of our top priorities and it is clear that given the widespread investment plans throughout the County Borough we are delivering on our pledges.
“We take great pride in the standard of education we offer our pupils, both in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities.
“We know that young people’s learning is often a product of their environment and the exceptional investment in schools throughout the County Borough will have a long-term positive impact on our young people.”
Neal Stephens, managing director of Willmott Dixon in Wales, said: “Willmott Dixon has a strong relationship with the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and has worked with them on several similar projects.
“We were pleased to be working alongside them once again to deliver this fantastic expansion at Cwmbach Primary School.”
The completed project is part of an ongoing £83 million investment by the Council in education facilities within the County Borough. This includes the opening of new schools in Penywaun, Llanharri, Abercynon and Williamstown and further projects for Ynysboeth and Aberdare.