Wales £1.4bn School Building Programme Announced

Tuesday, 6th December 2011
  More 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: -  

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