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Local schools learn from Tŷ Glas demolition site visits

Children at local schools are getting a unique insight into a live demolition process thanks to the work going on at the former HMRC office buildings in Tŷ Glas, Llanishen.

Hosted by Erith, the demolition contractor undertaking the work, pupils from Christ the King Primary School, Ysgol Y Wern and Llanishen High School have enjoyed visits to the site where they have observed the impressive high-reach demolition in action, talked to members of the demolition team and seen presentations to complement their in-class learning.

Ysgol Y Wern pupils visiting the site

Areas covered have included local history, demolition, recycling of materials, environmental aspects and planning procedures, as well as careers in demolition.

Christ the King Primary School headteacher, Brenda Miles, said: "Our visit to the tax office site at Tŷ Glas was part of our studies about the local area. As an Eco Platinum Flag school, we were interested in finding out how the demolished materials are going to be disposed of and were pleased to find out that they are going to be recycled as aggregate for future building works."

Ysgol Y Wern headteacher, Moira Kellaway said: "It was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to see first-hand what's happening on site in their local area and being able to discuss a topical event or issue. It certainly has fostered an interest among the pupils and extended their knowledge of changes happening in their locality."

Christ the King Primary School pupils on site

Deputy Leader for Cardiff and Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Sarah Merry added: "It's important that we involve young people in the transformation of their local surroundings and this scheme is a fantastic way to engage eager young minds. As the UK's first UNICEF Child Friendly City, it's our priority to include young people in the projects that we undertake, especially when they have an impact on the future of their area."

Other schools, including Coed Glas Primary, have already attended sessions on site and Erith will be welcoming more schools, including Greenhill Special School in Rhiwbina.

Demolition work began on the Tŷ Glas site in June 2023 and is currently due to finish in the autumn.

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