ISG has secured an £18.5m project with The Vale of Glamorgan Council to redevelop and extend the Welsh Medium school – Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, in the town of Barry. Procured via the influential SEWSCAP capital works framework, this scheme forms part of the Welsh government’s 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme, designed to transform and upgrade the country’s education estate.
The extensive plans to modernise and upgrade facilities at the school see ISG construct five new extensions, including a design and technology teaching block, a new sports hall built to Sport England specification, a reception area and dining hall, to create additional capacity for up to 299 new students.
Externally, the contractor will deliver significant enhancements to existing provision, forming six new multi-use games areas (MUGA) and a floodlit 3G all-weather rugby sports pitch, which will be available for community use out of school hours. This is in addition to a new coach park enabling easier access from Port Road.
The linked new build elements will extend capacity and create modern teaching spaces and ISG will conduct an extensive phased refurbishment programme across the existing school campus. Tailoring the construction programme to minimise impact to day-to-day operations, ISG will be working closely with the school during term time and holiday periods to systematically refurbish and upgrade existing accommodation.
Zoe Price, group director for public sector frameworks at ISG, explained: “Partnerships and collaboration are vital to the work we carry out in the public sector, and we are constantly innovating to make projects more efficient and reduce wasteful practices. Important capital frameworks, like SEWSCAP, provide the space and early involvement that enables contractors to problem solve creatively and develop innovative solutions that prove transformative to programmes, budgets and social value outcomes for our local communities.”
Community benefits form a key part of the contract with The Vale of Glamorgan Council and ISG is already delivering against these targets.