Eastern High School and Cardiff and Vale College - a major step forward
In July 2014 the City of Cardiff Council confirmed the decision to build the new Eastern High school on the site of the Cardiff and Vale College [CAVC] Trowbridge campus. This includes the development of a brand new, innovative 21st Century 11-16 school and new vocational facilities for CAVC to deliver all post-16 provision at the site. This exciting new campus is due to open in September 2017.
This week the project has taken a major step forward, with the Council now at a stage of tendering for the design and construction of the campus. This sees the project remaining on track for opening in September 2017.
As such, CAVC has this week confirmed it will be vacating the existing Trowbridge site in the summer, apart from a small element of motor vehicle and engineering provision located in a self-contained block away from the construction area.
This move coincides with an exciting phase for CAVC. Working closely with the City of Cardiff Counciland other partners, this summer CAVC will be launching its new £45m City Centre Campus on Canal Parade and the process is underway for the move to Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Leckwith.
All students and staff have been contacted this week to inform them of this step forward at Trowbridge. All those students and staff who would previously have been housed at Trowbridge will be relocated in one of these sites or other facilities in CAVC’s portfolio acrossCardiff.
At this stage the exact location for all teaching areas relocating from Trowbridge campus is not confirmed. Over the immediate days and weeks the College will look to finalise this, including working with Cardiff Council and a number of third parties to potentially secure the use of other accommodation in and around the eastCardiffarea that will provide additional good working and learning environments for the next two academic years. This move will be for 2015-16 and 2016-17 before CAVC moves back in to the brand new, state of the art learning campus on the same site in September 2017.
Cardiffand Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “Since establishing in 2011, CAVC has committed to transform education and training across the Capital Region – including an ambitious capital development plan to provide sector leading education and training facilities for individuals, employers and communities across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We are committed to East Cardiff and the new school and learning campus set to open in September 2017 will provide a fantastic facility for young people and the community. The facilities there and curriculum we are planning for 2017 will see us providing a wider choice of training in East Cardiff than ever before.
“During the project it has always been a priority for us to ensure a minimum of disruption to our students. With the project moving forward at pace, it has been decided that a move this summer will ensure staff and students are not learning alongside and potentially disrupted by construction on site, nor will they be required to move half way through their course at College. This decision addresses the concerns of staff and students who participated in a period of consultation earlier in the year. With the decision made just this week, we have already been in contact with existing students and those who have been securing places for September 2015 to inform them of this development and will continue to be in contact as we finalise locations”.
Director of Education and Lifelong Learning for the City of Cardiff Council Nick Batchelar said:
“I welcome this significant step forward in the development of this exciting project that will see a new education campus in Trowbridge from September 2017.
“Through strong partnership working between the Council and Cardiff and Vale College we will ensure the learning provision for students over the next two years and we are jointly committed to delivering this transformational scheme in the east of the city.”