Contractors have released new photographs of a broken gas pipe after it forced one of Swindon’s schools to close last week.

Lydiard Park Academy announced on Wednesday, November 29, via Facebook that the school would be shut for the rest of the week.

The secondary school was put on lockdown as Wales and West investigated the cause, later discovering that the issue was a broken gas pipe.

Swindon Advertiser: Lydiard Park Academy in Swindon.Lydiard Park Academy in Swindon.

Edward Bays Ltd were also on hand to help out and has since released photographs of the damaged pipe which is shown to have a hole in it.

Contract manager Taylor Walter said: “Edward Bays Ltd were called out to Lydiard Park Academy after reports of a gas leak which prompted an immediate closure of the school.

“The leak was soon identified as an issue from the gas supplier pipework.

Swindon Advertiser: The pipe was found with a hole in it.The pipe was found with a hole in it. (Image: Edward Bays Ltd)

“Edward Bays attended quickly and isolated the building’s gas pipework to ensure the site was safe. After some investigating it transpired there was a hole in one of the gas pipes that needed fixing.

“Whilst Wales and West repaired the gas pipework on Sunday, Edward Bays Ltd were also in attendance to ensure the school would be back on, safe and heating fired up to allow the school to safely reopen on Monday.

“Lydiard Park Academy is a valued customer of Edward Bays Ltd.

Swindon Advertiser: A new pipe was installed at the site following the school's closure.A new pipe was installed at the site following the school's closure. (Image: Edward Bays Ltd)

“Getting into the festive spirit of giving, the plumbing and heating company donated money to the school to cover the cost of the fabulous Christmas tree they have situated on the roundabout as you drive into the school.”

The Swindon school has since reopened following its temporary closure with the gas pipe problem now fixed.

Swindon Advertiser: Edward Bays Ltd were at the site to help out.Edward Bays Ltd were at the site to help out. (Image: Edward Bays Ltd)

A spokesperson for Lydiard Park Academy said at the time: “We have been advised by Wales and West Utilities that there is a broken gas pipe under the substation near the school and this will take between two to four days to repair.

“There is no risk to pupils or staff but unfortunately, this does mean that the school will be closed to pupils on Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 1, as there will be no heating or hot water available.

“We have informed all staff, pupils, parents and carers and we will pass on any updates as soon as we have more information from Wales and West Utilities who assure us they will be working over the weekend to rectify the problem.”