A £27m multi-phased project by Newport Norse for Newport City Council to reconfigure The John Frost School and deliver Newport’s first Welsh speaking secondary school has won a prestigious award from the Welsh government.

Newport Norse and Newport City Council were named winners in the £20m plus procurement project of the year category in the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Wales 2020 which was held ‘virtually’ because of the coronavirus epidemic.

The John Frost School and Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed sit adjacent to each other, and the works were delivered over 30 phases with the project opening in early 2018.

Education Buildings Wales Awards

Newport Norse procured and project managed the scheme, developing a strategic brief and delivering the project on time, under budget and to an exceptional standard.

Sustainability was a key focus, and the team engaged with National Resource Wales to incorporate climate change into the modelling. PV panels were also installed, generating 30,000kwh per year of renewable energy. The team held local community focus workshops, created bi-lingual newsletters and encouraged comprehensive stakeholder involvement, incorporating comments and requests where appropriate into the scheme.

Through design expertise, technical ability and a ‘can-do’ attitude, the wish for an outstanding building for both schools, without causing undue interference to the existing buildings, was realised.

The result was an inspirational setting providing improved staff and student satisfaction, and a legacy that will inspire future generations to succeed while helping the Welsh Government’s ambitions to reach one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

Newport Norse Limited , said of their win: “It was an extremely difficult project in an area which is prone to flood and surrounded by deprived communities. So, the impact this project will have on local education, children’s opportunities will be far reaching in the future.”

Newport Norse Managing Director Lyndon Watkins added: “This is a fantastic result, and a testimony to the work put in by Phil Booth and the team on the project itself (including BAM colleagues) and the quality of the submission for the awards put together by Richard Stacey and colleagues. It’s great to follow up our previous year’s highly commended award with a category win.”