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Willmott Dixon lands £20m deal for Welsh schools

Willmott Dixon has been awarded a £20m deal to build four schools and a clubhouse in Powys, Wales.

Procured through the Powys, Ceredigion and Gwynedd local authority framework, the contract has been awarded by Powys County Council.

The project will involve the construction of four primary school: Ysgol Bro Tawe in Glanrhyd, Ysgol Golwg y Cwm in Ystradgynlais and Ysgol y Cribarth in Abercrave, which will complete in August, plus Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowr, a Welsh language school in Cwmtwrch Isaf, which will complete in January 2013.

The single-storey Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowr is being built on the grounds of Cwm Wanderers’ football clubhouse. To make way for the new educational facilities, Willmott Dixon has constructed a new clubhouse with playing fields in Lower Cwmtwrch, with the clubhouse now open and the playing fields to follow.

Willmott Dixon will be using timber frames for each of the four primary schools and it is expected they will all achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent.

Willmott Dixon’s Wales managing director Neal Stephens said: “This is a significant project for us to be involved with and one which has involved a great deal of advanced planning and continued communication with all parties. Ensuring that the transition period is as efficient and transparent for pupils, staff and the local community will continue to be a focus for us.”

Willmott Dixon has pledged that materials produced by excavation remain on site and are re-used, including the creation of level areas which will be transformed into playing fields and play areas for children attending the schools. The firm has also committed to sourcing local subcontractors to boost local employment and work experience opportunities.

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