Denbighshire County Council is celebrating its second consecutive Project of the Year award given by the Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales (CLAW) for the £25 million redevelopment of Rhyl High School.
The project comprises of a new build three-storey development to accommodate 1,200 pupils from Rhyl High School and is also home to 45 pupils from the nearby Ysgol Tir Morfa community special school. The new facility was constructed on the playing fields of the existing Rhyl High School site adjacent to Rhyl Leisure Centre. On completion of the new building, the former Rhyl High School was demolished and new playing fields established.
Denbighshire’s Design, Construction and Maintenance team were commissioned by the County’s Education Department to deliver a New School for Rhyl High School and Ysgol Tir Morfa, and co-ordinated the delivery in partnership with Willmott Dixon and Mott McDonald, who were the Construction Partner and Consultant, respectively.
The awards were open to all CLAW members and is designed to reward and acknowledge excellence in design and construction, with the winner being decided by a panel of independent judges. This year’s award focused on sustainability (environmental, social and economic), stakeholder engagement and the delivery of community benefits.
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Assets, said: “The team submitted a bid for the Project of the Year award as it felt the partnership ethos, evident throughout the scheme was key to its success.
“The project was successfully completed in March 2016 and the school, which has been described as a “dream” facility by teaching staff, has received fantastic feedback. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised yet again by the industry as an example of excellence in designing and delivering such as major flagship project in Denbighshire.
“I would like to commend the whole team for their efforts, commitment and dedication. To receive such a prestigious honour following similar success with the Ysgol Twm o’r Nant project last year is a real feather in their cap”.
Councillor Eryl Williams, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, said: “The project has provided a dream facility for the schools. It has been delivered through funding from the Council’s capital programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools funding, demonstrating a real commitment to investing in the future of our children and young people through providing fit for purpose facilities for the 21st Century. This is a prime example of how departments within the Council work together with each other and with partners to deliver such an outstanding project”.
Headteacher Claire Armistead: “I can’t believe this is ours, it’s amazing! You can’t walk through here without seeing through every classroom, through every area. I can’t imagine how well this turned out, it’s beyond my best dream!”