Wynne Construction personnel were on hand to help children perform the turf-cutting ceremony for their new school building.
Work is now getting under way in earnest on the new facility for Ysgol Penyffordd, in Flintshire. The project involves combining the 3-11 community primary school, together with the demolition of an existing infants' school, improved car parking and a dedicated drop-off zone for parents and carers.
The new facility will comprise classrooms to accommodate nursery, foundation phase and key stages one and two for 315 pupils. Plans also include a hall and studio, while the existing sports grassed area will remain.
As one of Wynne Construction's main aims is to involve local people in decision-making, an initial round of community liaison took place in mid-2017, when residents were invited to talk to the design team about how the development would be programmed. As the existing school alongside will remain open, company representatives also explained their plans to minimise disruption to pupils and the local community.
Wynne Construction managing director, Chris Wynne, said: "Now that the pupils have helped us start, we look forward to arranging site visits during construction, so they can see from inside how their new school is growing. We'll also be providing employment and training for local people, to make sure that the benefits from this big investment are spread as widely as possible."
He went on to explain that the company had a great deal of experience managing a construction site alongside an operational school. "For example, we schedule deliveries outside school drop-off and pick-up times, and we've had plenty of practise helping teachers and pupils to relocate furniture and equipment as new classrooms become available."
Flintshire County Council's cabinet member for education and youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: "This is another milestone in the provision of the 21st Century Schools programme in Flintshire. This investment of almost £7m will provide a wonderful modern facility for children, young people and the wider community and will provide a new inspirational learning experience for primary school children."
Finance for the project is under the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme and Flintshire County Council.