WORK will start on building a new £7.4million primary school for Pembrey before the end of the summer term.
The new school building will be constructed on recreation ground/playing field immediately adjacent to the existing school site on Ashburnham Road.
It will provide high-quality teaching facilities to improve the overall learning experience, as well as benefiting the local community.
The school will have capacity for 270 primary pupils, 30 nursery pupils and incorporate a Flying Start facility which is currently located in a mobile classroom on the current school site.
Headteacher Helen Jacob said: “We are looking forward to having our brand-new school building at Pembrey where we can continue to provide quality educational opportunities and experiences for our children.
“Everyone is excited at the prospect of learning in a modern purpose-built school that will be at the heart of the community.”
The project is part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme, and will be jointly funded by Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools initiative.
It has been designed by the council’s own architects and the work will be carried out by local contractor TRJ Ltd.
The estimated completion date is the summer term of 2023.
Director of Education and Children’s Services Gareth Morgans said: “We are delighted that work will soon start to build a new school for Pembrey which will provide state-of-the-art facilities and accommodation fit for 21st century learning.
“Building the new school on the adjacent recreation ground means that we can reduce disruption as much as possible and at the same time extend the school site to provide the facilities that the pupils and staff deserve.”
The recreation ground is currently held in trust by the council, but will be transferred to Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council, in order to secure the use of the land for the new school.
Local residents and other interested parties in the community have been consulted as part of the process.