Building work complete at new £26m high school
BUILDING work has finished on the new £26m home for Cardiff’s Eastern High School and Cardiff and Vale College.
A celebration was held at Eastern Community Campus in Trowbridge to mark completion of the exterior building work.
Staff, governors and students from the school and college were joined on site by representatives from Cardiff council and Willmott Dixon, the company building the campus.
The building, on the site of Cardiff and Vale College’s demolished Trowbridge campus, opens to students in January. It is being jointly funded by Cardiff council and the Welsh Government, through the 21st Century Schools programme.
Eastern Community Campus will accommodate up to 1,200 Eastern High and 320 Cardiff and Vale College students when it opens in the new year.
It is designed with the latest science facilities and flexible learning spaces that can be changed for a variety of uses.
The school will move from its current location, the former Rumney High School site on Newport Road.
Eastern High head teacher Armando Di-Finizio, said: “Every time I visit the site I’m amazed at how much progress has been made, and we all can’t wait to move in after Christmas.
“I really enjoyed showing some of our students around. They were bowled over by the facilities, such as the modern classrooms, library, dance studio and excellent sports facilities.
“Even with some of the scaffolding still in place, the amount of natural light inside the building is just fantastic. It’ll make it a really enjoyable place to work and socialise in.
“I’m especially looking forward to showing prospective Year Six parents around when we hold our open evening at the new campus on October 19.”
Mike James, chief executive of Cardiff and Vale College, said: “It’s exciting to see how much progress has been made in this landmark project to bring much wider choice in education and training to young people in east Cardiff.
“When this new school and learning campus opens in the new year it will be an inspirational facility for both young people and the local community. Cardiff and Vale College has a long history of working with the people of east Cardiff and we can’t wait to move in to Eastern Community Campus.”
Speaking at the celebration event to mark the end of exterior building work Cardiff council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for education, employment and skills Sarah Merry said: “It is fantastic to see this phase of the project being completed.
“It isn’t that long ago that I cut the turf to mark the start of construction, so to see the incredible progress that has been made in a relatively short time is really exciting, and I can’t wait to see the new school and college opening.
“Having both Eastern High School and Cardiff and Vale College on the same campus is something we’ve not done before.
“By working together in this way we can provide a smooth transition for the students after their GCSEs, opening up excellent opportunities for them to progress to further education and training.
“Through our 21st Century Schools Programme, we are investing over £164m in the city’s schools with Welsh Government, creating modern facilities for our children and young people to learn in.
“The new schools we are building across Cardiff can also benefit the wider community.
“The range of facilities taking shape at Eastern Community Campus, including a floodlit 3G pitch, community spaces and restaurant, is a great example of this being put into practice.”
Eastern Community Campus is one of seven projects currently under way to build new schools in Cardiff. The others are Cardiff West Community High School, Gabalfa Primary School, Howardian Primary School, Ysgol Glan Ceubal, Ysgol Glan Morfa and Ysgol Hamadryad.