Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, in Trevethin, Pontypool, is currently home to 977 secondary pupils aged 11-18. Torfaen Borough County Council has appointed Morgan Sindall to provide space for 210 primary schoolchildren, as well as a nursery for 30 pre-schoolers.
The council wants to increase the number of Welsh-speaking primary schools available in Pontypool.
Plans for the main building show a two-storey, 2,000 sq m building with nine general purpose classrooms. Outside will be an multi-use games area, as well as a ‘wildlife habitat area’ for learning, an informal play area and amenity grass areas.
The project is targeting a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for sustainability and will have a green roof with layers of vegetation to act as a natural insulation method and enable a sustainable drainage design. This will be complemented by a ‘rain garden’; a depression in the ground that is then filled with plants and wildlife to help with water filtration.
Construction began in early January and is planned for completion in March 2022.