At the recent demolition event at Ysgol Glan Clwyd we invited our newest member of the team Kieran along to the event. Here’s what he got up to!!!
As the newest member of team, I was given the opportunity to attend a demolition and tour event at Ysgol Glan Clwyd as part of a large scale refurbishment. The purpose of this visit was to see how the different sections of the Education Support team operate.
The project is funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.
There were a number of attendees at the event, including staff and pupils of Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Denbighshire County Council Officers, Elected members, Members of the City Council, MP Chris Ruane and Willmott Dixon’s Construction manager Brain Hanlon. We were taken around the school to witness the last phase of demolition that was taking place, during in which we were shown the machinery used to quickly and precisely break down the building.
I then had a tour around the final phase of the refurbishment works currently taking place. Walking around the final phase of the refurbishment you can see the interior starting to take shape especially upstairs where contractors were in the final stages of the refurb, as carpets were ready to be laid and the ceiling grids were being put in place. During the tour we were also shown what could possibly be the longest corridor in North wales stretching nearly the whole length of the school approximately 100 metres!!!!! Having the head teacher of Ysgol Glan Clwyd with us on the tour provided a better insight of the layout in which desks and chairs would be placed once the refurbishment is complete.
The main contractor Wilmott Dixon, are working closely with the local community to ensure the project runs smoothly causing minimal disruptions. There has been a large number of local sub-contractors involved in the project, which helps boost the local economy. There has also been opportunities for pupils to undertake work experience on the project, and this has led to job opportunities, such as apprenticeships.
I really enjoyed the event. The transition from the old building to the new extension whilst on the tour was seamless. The pupils will have a fantastic facility when works are finished and the school reopens for the new school year in September. The experience was also very useful to allow me to see what the Modernising education team do, and how the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme contributes to making school buildings fit for education in the 21st century.
Kieran Smith, Modern Apprentice, Education and Children’s Services