Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Newport City Council in the UK to provide improvements to Bassaleg Comprehensive School.

This project, which will create over 300 extra school places, was procured using the SEWSCAP3 framework by the council’s property partner Newport Norse.

It will create a three-storey teaching block that will feature dining and assembly areas, as well as 3G sports facilities, playing fields and related external works.

The teaching building will feature a range of energy-efficient methodologies, including an enhanced building envelope to bolster air tightness, alongside triple glazed windows.

Furthermore, the roof will have an array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, tapping renewable energy.

Newport City Council leader and councillor Jane Mudd said: “The improvements being carried out in Bassaleg are part of a multi-million-pound investment in our schools and education by the council and Welsh Government.”

The council’s cabinet member for education and councillor Deb Davies said: “Funding from the council and the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme has given us an opportunity to improve the environment for pupils which in turn will enhance the learning experience. It also helps us to respond to the increase demand for places as our city continues to grow.”

Claimed to be the latest scheme with matched funding from the Welsh Government through its Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme, the Bassaleg Comprehensive School also represents the latest milestone in Willmott Dixon’s sustainable schools building programme.

The company has committed to ensuring all new building projects and major refurbishments meet the net-zero operational carbon target by 2030.

In Preston, the firm is constructing the £21m Tarleton Academy, which will offer a learning environment for 750 pupils.

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The project will see the creation of a three-storey teaching block. Credit: Willmott Dixon.