Posted: Mon 13th Jun 2016

Company Appointed To Design New Brynmenyn School

This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 13th, 2016

Exciting plans for a brand new Brynmenyn Primary School have taken a big step forward following the appointment of BAM Construction Ltd to undertake the initial design work. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It is proposed that the school will be relocated less than a mile away to the former site of Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School next to Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A full business case for the new school is being submitted by Bridgend County Borough Council to the Welsh Government this summer, and if the plans are approved then construction work will commence by January 2017 ahead of the school opening in January 2018. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Huw David, the Deputy Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this milestone and are pleased to confirm the appointment of BAM Construction Ltd. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have had ‘approval in principle’ for the costs of the new school to be met by the Welsh Government’s 21st century schools programme, and are working on the necessary business case in line with Welsh Government procedures. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“If the proposal is accepted by Welsh Government, it will enable us to build a bigger school with more modern facilities less than a mile away from the current establishment on Bryn Road, and help us to cope with a rising demand for school places in the Valleys Gateway area for years to come.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The current Brynmenyn Primary School site is unsuitable for expansion because it is very small and surrounded by common land. There are also significant issues with traffic congestion outside the school at drop-off and pick-up times. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A new Brynmenyn Primary School would also have knock-on effects for the nearby Tondu Primary School, which currently operates on split sites. By building a new, larger primary school for Brynmenyn pupils, catchment changes could take place which would in turn help Tondu Primary to become a single-site school. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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