Willmott Dixon to design and build new £25m Eastern High school

Willmott Dixon is continuing its relationship with Cardiff and Vale College after being chosen by the City of Cardiff Council for the new Eastern High school which will be built on land formerly used by Cardiff and Vale College's Trowbridge campus.

It comes as Willmott Dixon hands over the keys to a new campus for Cardiff and Vale College in the centre of Cardiff that is larger than the size of two pitches at the nearby Millennium Stadium.

Eastern High School will see a brand new school and college for 11-18 year olds that will be ready for September 2017. Cllr Sarah Merry, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This represents a £25m council investment in the future of children growing up in the east of the city, and using Willmott Dixon to design and build the new facilities will ensure the best possible education for pupils and students in East Cardiff and the best value for money for the taxpayer.”

Willmott Dixon has an office on Cathedral Road in Cardiff and its managing director for Wales, Neal Stephens, said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this excellent new school for the city and given that so many of our staff live here, it will be something their children will benefit from too. Community will be a big focus for us and we will try whenever possible to use local labour and companies to build Eastern High.”

The new school is being jointly funded by the City of Cardiff Council and Welsh Government, as part of the 21st Century Schools programme.

Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “Cardiff and Vale College are delighted to be working with the City of Cardiff Council on this exciting project and to see it moving forward at such pace. This development will create a fantastic facility that the whole community of East Cardiff will benefit from. It will provide us with the opportunity to inspire and excite young people to learn, achieve and progress in a brand new building with a wider choice of learning opportunities than ever before.”