The Outline Business Case for new buildings for Brecon High School has now been approved. A budget of £22 million has been allocated to design and build an 11 to 18 school on a site located between the Leisure Centre and the athletics track. A series of meeting have already taken place between the school and the Local authority. The latest progress on the project is :-
18th January 2017 – A Design and build tender has been offered. 5 contractors have expressed an interest in bidding for the contract. These tenders will be submitted for evaluation and awarding a contract in March 2017.
3rd February 2017 – Headteacher, Rob Broadbridge has attended mid tender review meetings with the companies who are tendering for the new buildin project. This was to provide clarification to the contractors regarding different aspects of the tender and ensure the Local Authority receive high quality tenders in order to deliver the best outcome for the Governors, staff, pupils and parents of the Brecon community.
9th May 2017 – Following the completion on the tender evaluation process, BAM Construct have been appointed to undertake the design and construction for the new buildings. The school will now be engaging with BAM to progress the design and planning as preparations are made for presenting the Final Business Case to Welsh Government in the late summer of 2017. Please see the link below for the copy of the press release from Powys County Council regarding this announcement
13th June 2017 – The process of designing and refining the new school has now begun. The first meeting between the contractors, architects, school representatives and the Local Authority took place on 24th May and will continue to occur every fortnight for the foreseeable future to look at all the different aspects of the design of the new school. An overall concept was agreed through the tender process and this is being refined through the meetings that are taking place – the focus is currently on the internal spaces required to meet the needs of a 750 pupil school. Feedback provided by the teaching staff, governors, parents and other stakeholders are being used to influence the design as we try to maximise the space and facilities that we can use. When possible a process of feeding back to staff and pupils will begin to give them a flavour and understanding of what the new school will look like in its new location.
13th July 2017 – Since the last update a further 3 meetings between the contractors, architects, school and Powys County Council have taken place. The main focus has been on refining the layout of the different spaces and ensuring that the facilities we want for the school are included. We have also focused on the access road, landscaping, drainage, car parking, access to external facilities and the early part of the elevations of the buildings, including ideas on materials. The staff are currently providing feedback on these outline designs and the pupils have had an opportunity to learn more about the project. Some key dates are 19th July for a stakeholder drop in session to see the plans as they currently stand, 28th July the publication of the pre-planning application pack, which will be available via the asbri planning website (http://www.asbriplanning.co.uk/statutory-pre-application-consultation/). this will be open for 28 days. The current intention is that the planning application goes to the planning committee meeting on 5th December 2016, with a start on site in January/February 2018.
20th July 2017 – Following the latest design meeting with the contractors and architects, further changes have been made to the design and there have been some new images created to provide a better understanding of how the new school will fit into the site – please click on the link to the right to view these. Further meetings will take place during the summer break.
5th December 2017 – Great news, planning permission has now been granted for the new school building and the new access road. This follows a considerable amount of work in refining the details of the new school and the work of the consultants and contractors appointed to undertake this work. During this period there has been further work to clarify aspects of the school building design to ensure we can maximise the benefits when the new school is completed. There will be a later starting point on site, mainly due to the need to respect the Great Crested Newts nesting period. This is now expected to be late February/early March. The new school is still planned to open to pupils for the start of the new academic year in September 2019.
26th January 2018 – Meetings, meetings, meetings! We are continuing to work on so much detail in regard to the new building. already we are defining the amount of furniture we will have in each space in the school, what new equipment will will have and what we will take with us. The go ahead for constructing the new access road has been given (it is a separate project to the building), so we can expect this to start slightly before the new building. We were required to apply for a licence in respect of managing the newts during construction. This has taken place and once this is granted, it will enable the construction work to begin. Please look at the VR views of elements of the school – main entrance, dining area, library area and an external area, by opening the document with the QR codes on.
Current image from the latest design development
View the latest images of the new school design
Following the stakeholder event held at the school on 19th July 2017, where the latest designs and images for the new school were available, please click on the link below to view the these images.
We want a range of stakeholders to be involved in contributing to the planning of our new school premises. To make this is as easy as possible, we have created an information leaflet and stakeholder response form to enable our community to be involved. We are looking to use this information when working with the successful design and build company appointed to deliver this project. If you require a word version of the stakeholder response form, please contact the school via email (email@example.com) or via the contact form on this website.
BAM have created a facebook page to keep stakeholders up to date with developments. The address for the page is https://www.facebook.com/BAM-Brecon-High-School-134527410488967/
GET VIRTUAL REALITY VIEWS OF ASPECTS OF THE NEW SCHOOL
If you open the document below, you will see 4 different QR codes to access VR views of 4 different areas of the new school – just inside the main entrance, the dining area, the library area and an aspect of the external part of of the school. You will need to use a QR code reader on your phone or tablet to access these. Move your device around to see around the area! The link is –