Morriston Comprehensive School

  • Location

    Swansea

  • Client

    City and Council of Swansea

  • Value

    £22m

  • Completion

    2014

  • Size

    10,500sqm

  • BREEAM Rating

    'Excellent'

Breathing new life into an ageing school

This new build comprehensive school for City and County of Swansea provides over 10,500sq m of teaching accommodation, including a brand new auditorium for school productions and local theatre groups. Built in phases around the existing school buildings, the brown-field development also saw a number of the retained buildings refurbished and re-modelled. With a ‘BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating, it will set high environmental standards as the flagship school for the Authority.

A Collaborative BIM Model Design 

The constrained site demanded an innovative approach to both the design, phasing and construction of the new build elements. In terms of space planning and envelope design, the entire design team coordinated the final solution through their collaborative BIM model. The contractor’s steel fabricator subsequently provided a detailed 3D fabrication model that enabled the team to eliminate virtually all steel coordination issues prior to steel erection. This minimised design errors and omissions on site and had a positive impact on programme, risk and cost.

The rebuild of Morriston Comprehensive School has delivered a wonderful state of the art new education facility and it’s been a hugely positive experience for pupils, staff, parents and the wider community…

Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education

The pupil engagement process during the Morriston rebuild has been excellent. The project team have absorbed a wide range of requirements…pupils have generally felt involved in the whole process…

Sarah Lloyd, Head of Year and pupil engagement manager

The new build has had a significant impact on learning outcomes and the facilities have been motivational for pupils and teachers alike…

Wayne Newton, Morriston Headteacher

The Morriston Comprehensive School rebuild is a prime example of the value a collaborative team can bring to the delivery of a construction project. The school now have access to a 21st Century learning environment that will support the ongoing drive to improve teaching and learning….The Local Authority, School and Contractor Team have worked seamlessly to deliver a product that is far bigger than the sum of its parts.

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council