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BIM first for Willmott Dixon in Wales

15 Jun 12 Willmott Dixon has been awarded a £7.1m contract to build a new school in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

The contractor will build the Abercynon Primary School for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, providing capacity for more than 420 pupils.

It will be the first time that Willmott Dixon has used Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Wales.

The project is one of the first awarded under the South East Wales Schools Capital Working Group (SEWSCAP) framework, a collaboration between 10 local authorities to deliver education projects in the region over four years.

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The new Abercynon Primary School is being constructed on the site of the former Abercynon Infants School and Adult Education Centre, designed to replace old facilities at the former Abercynon Infants School, Abertaf Primary School and Carnetown Primary School. In addition to the school, the project includes a new library and an adjoining community facility to support adult learning and youth services.

Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon in Wales, said: “The SEWSCAP framework promotes collaborative working and is an intelligent solution to meeting the 'more for less' needs of public investment. To be awarded a place on this prestigious contractors’ framework and then win one of the first contracts is a great achievement. Willmott Dixon has a strong portfolio within the education sector in South Wales having delivered 58 education projects in the past three years. We will work alongside Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to also deliver our community benefit strategy which includes utilising the local supply chain and local workforce and supporting community organisations in the region.”

Mr Stephens added: “The BIM process will radically transform the way we do business; increasing efficiency and creating a more collaborative approach to projects from start to finish. It is an efficient and effective tool which will deliver cost, time and resource savings to benefit all parties involved.”

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