Appointed by Torfaen County Borough Council, Kier delivered a new £30m building for Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School in Cwmbran as part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme. Providing 1,200 school places, for a town with a population of 50,000, the new school was designed to be a focal point for the whole community.

Pivotal to the successful completion of this school was Kier’s skilled supply chain, of which 50% was from South Wales. The Considerate Constructors Scheme awarded the project 46/50 and remarked that it was “consistently achieving extremely high standards within the industry”.

We excelled on all of its social value targets for this project and, over a two-year period, creating 89 employment opportunities and provided 800 training weeks, 224 graduate weeks, and 107 work placement weeks.

With this being such an important project for the local community, our team engaged with local residents for nearly 2,000 hours, showcasing progress and also providing regular opportunities for people to ask questions and find out more about the project and the construction industry.

With an aim of inspiring future generations to consider a career within the built environment, the team also carried out a school’s engagement programme, dedicating 2,750 hours to nearly 5,000 students at Croesyceiliog.

This included an ambassador programme, whereby pupils would regularly meet the Kier team, tour the site and report back to pupils at the school. 14 year-old Rohan Wells, said “we had regular meetings with Kier to discuss how the school was progressing and what we could do to make it better”.

" The Kier team, from inception of the project, has worked in a fully collaborative manner with Torfaen’s in-house consultant team in order to produce a first-class facility for the pupils, staff and community of Torfaen "
John Lewis Group Leader Property Construction Torfaen County Borough Council

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