Since Neath Port Talbot Council pledged to modernise educational provision across its schools more than a decade ago, more than £123m has been ploughed into modernising the Council’s educational estate – a massive investment in the area’s next generations.
Morgan Sindall Construction were selected to build the £27 million new home for Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School in Neath, South Wales.
The school’s 900 pupils will benefit from 48 state-of-the-art classrooms comprising of creative workspaces, art facilities, and SEND facilities available for students with additional learning needs.
Construction of the new two-storey 97,000 square foot building was completed alongside the existing school, which is being demolished.
Ministry were appointed to undertake the loose furniture modelling, specification, supply and installation by Morgan Sindall Construction working closely with Neath Port Talbot Council and representatives at Cefn Saeson School.
Our Design team planned all loose furniture for the school to comply with BIM level 2 standards and carefully coordinated with all parties to ensure accuracy throughout the project. Our project team worked with the Senior Leadership Team at the school to develop the furniture specification and ensure best value was achieved.
Conceptual sketches, renders and mood boards were also created to help bring the vision of the school to life for the client. We designed new branding for the school which features on their uniform, external building signage, stationary and branded furniture.
“Cefn Saeson is the latest 21st Century Schools building project the council has commissioned with the aim of giving our young people the best and most up to date educational facilities the council can possibly provide them with. We were delighted Morgan Sindall appointed a local, Neath based furniture supplier with excellent social aims and community benefits.”
Councillor Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
In addition to loose furniture supply, Ministry Graphics were commissioned to create custom wall graphics for all subjects throughout the school corridors. In total 20 pieces of bespoke artwork were created spanning all subjects. Our designers presented ideas and collated feedback from all heads of department to ensure we captured the essence of each subject and developed graphics based on this foundation.
As a finishing touch to this outstanding new school we have also printed student artwork direct to ceiling tiles which feature in the central atrium and create a visual statement as you enter the building. The quality of artwork was exceptional!
Pupils and staff moved into the new building in June 2021.
Stuart Moyse, Deputy Headteacher at Cefn Saeson Comprehensive commented,
“We are so pleased with the completed school. Ministry really added value with their furniture knowledge and graphics expertise. The printed ceiling tiles were a unique addition which have been very well received. The Graphics team worked closely with our teaching staff to ensure the wallart met expectations and Genella kept us up to date throughout the project.”