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This week saw a group of 35 BTEC Diploma Construction course students, from Neath Port Talbot College, conduct a full site tour of the new £1 billion community development at Coed Darcy in Neath as part of their studies.  The visit was hosted by site owner and developer, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, together with its housing joint venture partner, Persimmon Homes, to give the students valuable insight into sustainable building practice.

Course tutor at Neath Port Talbot College, Jeff Roberts, said:

“It’s great to have the opportunity to show our construction students elements of course theory being delivered in practice and what better exemplar of building best practice right on our door step that St. Modwen’s Coed Darcy?”

Gareth Owen, part of the St. Modwen development team added:

“Coed Darcy is part of St. Modwen’s £2.2 billion linked development, alongside the new Bay Campus for Swansea University and employment park at Baglan Bay.  The linked development is the most significant regeneration project currently underway in the Swansea Bay City Region and we are delighted to be able to show it off to the next generation of construction experts from Neath Port Talbot College.”

Being developed over a period of 25 years, Coed Darcy, will provide a village feel, with essential community facilities including four schools, retail facilities and acres of green open and recreational space.  This new sustainable community will also provide more than 4,000 new high quality homes for around 10,000 residents and around 500,000 sq ft of commercial accommodation with the potential to create 4,000 new employment opportunities