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March 28, 2022updated 27 Jul 2022 5:28pm

Willmott Dixon to upgrade Bassaleg Comprehensive School

The new three-storey teaching block will include playing fields, dining and assembly areas, and 3G sports facilities.

Newport City Council, in the UK, has selected construction firm Willmott Dixon to upgrade the Bassaleg Comprehensive School.

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The project was procured using the SEWSCAP3 framework by the property partner of the council, Newport Norse.

Work on the project involves the construction of a new three-storey teaching block, which will include 3G sports facilities, playing fields, and dining and assembly areas, along with associated external works.

The new teaching block will incorporate various energy efficient methodologies that include an enhanced building envelope to reduce air tightness.

The school upgrade project will create more than 300 extra school places.

A range of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will also be installed on the roof of the building.

Willmott Dixon director Ian Jones said: “Working with Newport City Council and Newport Norse, the school’s redevelopment will benefit not just pupils and staff, but the wider community.

“Willmott Dixon has a commitment to engage the communities where it builds. This is reflected in the work we are already undertaking with the school, and also, the strong links our team and our supply chain partners have to Bassaleg School and the surrounding community.”

The company stated that the Bassaleg Comprehensive School upgrade project represents the latest scheme to be delivered using matched funding obtained from the Welsh Government, through its Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme.

It is also building the $27.6m (£21m) Tarleton Academy, in Preston, and a $38.2m (£29m) development at Silverwood School’s Rowde campus, in North Wiltshire.

Willmott Dixon recently began construction on a £65m housing and commercial space complex in Northminster, UK.

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