THE BUILDING of a new school in Haverfordwest is still “on track” despite pandemic delays with the contract for construction signed off by senior councillors.
Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd will be awarded the contract for the new Haverfordwest High VC School and leisure provision in the near future as the council aims to meet its “tight deadline.”
Cabinet members agreed that delegated power be given to the director of community services Dr Steven Jones to award the contract once ministerial approval of the ‘full business case’ is received from Welsh Government.
The £48.7million 21st Century Schools funded project includes a £4.6million “state-of-the-art leisure provision” at the Prendergast site, which will be funded by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The financial details of the construction contract are not included in the report to cabinet on November 2 as it is considered exempt information.
The report adds that the approval is being sought prior to the Welsh Government decision to “mitigate any potential delay to the delivery programme and additional costs associated with the mobile village hire on the Portfield site.”
Cabinet member for education Cllr Guy Woodham said that in order open the school in September 2022 as planned the council has a “tight deadline” and allowing Dr Jones to award the contract as soon as approval from Cardiff is received will help meet it.
He added that he was please that the work remained on track with the decision on November 2 meaning a further cabinet meeting on the contract matter would not be required.