Timelapse video: Port Talbot’s Ysgol Bae Baglan project
A new school has been built in Wales, United Kingdom at a cost of £40 million. Built by Bouygues UK, the Ysgol Bae Baglan Project will provide educational facilities for over 1,500 pupils, replacing four schools within the region, encompassing both first and secondary education.
Opening in September and built for children aged 3 – 16 years, the school will incorporate first-class technology to stimulate learning and growth, alongside outdoor facilities for children to enjoy.
"This fantastic new school facility is one we can all be immensely proud of and I would like to commend the efforts of all those involved in its construction”, commented Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council.
"The council is committed to both providing the best possible educational opportunities for our young people and to maximising the benefits to the local area of major investment projects. With the support of our partners, Ysgol Bae Baglan has delivered on both fronts."
Parents can keep up to date through the school website and social media, and via email and mobile messaging, while the traditional paper student planner will be replaced by an online app.
The school’s design also enables local residents, community groups and organisations to securely access and use the sports facilities as well as performance spaces, meeting rooms and recreation facilities for academic and vocational purposes.
Chris Stevens, Regional Managing Director of Bouygues UK’s Central, West & Wales Business said, “We are very proud to have been involved in the creation of Ysgol Bae Baglan, and deliver a 21st century facility and an exciting new learning environment for staff and pupils alike. We are equally proud of the contribution our involvement in this project has made to the local community and economy.”
We look at a timelapse of the project:
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Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project
Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.
Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.
1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.
Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.
Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.
The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.
The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.
The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.
Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."
“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”