One week to go

There is now only 1 week to go until the keys are handed over to the new extension at Ysgol Glan Clwyd with pupils starting in the new teaching facility after the Christmas holidays.

The next stage of the project which will start in January, will see the refurbishment of the existing school buildings with the completion set for September 2017.

The £15.9 million development is being jointly funded on a 50% basis by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.

Take a look at the photos below to see how things are progressing:

 

Second win for Denbighshire County Council for project of the year awards

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!”

 

Ysgol Glan Clwyd – New time lapse footage released.

As phase one of the improved facilities at Ysgol Glan Clwyd nears completion, Willmott Dixon, the contractors of the development, have released the next series of time lapse footage to showcase the construction of the new teaching accommodation.

The footage, captures the completion of the brickwork, landscaping around the new teaching block and provides a look inside the new extension as it takes shape.

You can view the time lapse footage here:

The £15.9 million development will extend and improve the school site, to accommodate an increase in demand for spaces, as well as providing new, modern facilities. The development is being funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through the 21st Century Schools programme.

Willmott Dixon, the contractors of the development, started construction on site in November 2015. The new extension, which is phase one of the project will be handed over to the school before the Christmas holidays. Phase two which will commence in January 2017 will see the refurbishment of the existing school buildings with the completion set for September 2017.

Turf cutting ceremony marks commencement of works at £10.5million investment

The first turf has been cut at the site of a brand new development for Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School in Ruthin, signifying an important milestone in the project’s history.

Councillor Eryl Williams, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Education, said “This is an important day in the development of the brand new school facilities at Glasdir.”

“These projects have come as a result of the review of education provision in Ruthin and surrounding areas and it is great to realise the ambition of providing better facilities for pupils. Both Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School buildings are currently on the same site in another part of town and the buildings are in desperate need of being replaced.”

“Our preferred option has been to locate both schools in brand new, state of the art buildings on the Glasdir site and plans were drawn up and shared with the public at drop-in consultation events. We are committed to providing fit for purpose education facilities for our children and young people and are delighted to see the first turf being cut on site, marking the start of the flagship project.”

The new development will deliver two new school buildings joined by a shared kitchen space. Each school will have their own hall, classbases, external play spaces including outdoor classrooms and playing fields. In addition there will be a larger shared playing field and all-weather pitch.

The Countdown Begins!!

The countdown to the completion of phase one and the handover of the new extension at Ysgol Glan Clwyd is now only 6 weeks away. The keys for the new extension are scheduled to be handed over in time for the Christmas holidays, with pupils starting to use the new extension once they return from the Christmas break.

The next stage of the project which will start in January, will see the refurbishment of the existing school buildings with the completion set for September 2017.

The £15.9 million development is being jointly funded on a 50% basis by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.

High School brand new build officially opened

A special milestone has been reached in the history of the brand new high school in Rhyl – with the building officially opened by  Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education  (Friday, 21 October).

The £25 million brand new high school has been built on Rhyl High’s school playing fields and accommodates 1,200 pupils as well as providing a base for 45 pupils from the nearby community special school, Ysgol Tir Morfa. The project has been funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education programme.

As well as the usual academic facilities, the school also boasts a café bar, construction yard and hairdressing salon.

Councillor Eryl Williams, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member for Education, said:  “This really is an exciting chapter in the history of Rhyl High School.

“Many generations of pupils have been educated at the school, with future generations now benefitting from top class facilities that are fit for the 21st Century.

“This is a prime example of how the school has worked closely with the Council, Welsh Government and contractors Willmott Dixon to realise the dream of having a brand new high school in Rhyl”.

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams said, “Our children deserve to be taught in the best buildings we can deliver, and this is what our 21st Century Schools programme aims to achieve. Rhyl High School is a fantastic example of what we can achieve working in partnership with local government and our schools, to provide learners from the area with a fitting setting to inspire their ambitions and help reach their goals.

“I wish Mrs Armitstead, her staff, the governors and all the pupils continued success here at their new school.”

Claire Armitstead, Headteacher of Rhyl High School, said: “Our children can now access the best possible facilities as part of their academic and vocational studies which will provide them with the best possible start for their future education and careers.

They now have the building they deserve and I cannot wait to see  how in future years, it develops and grows to meet their needs. We are extremely grateful to Welsh Government, Denbighshire County Council and Wilmott Dixon for their support to enable our educational vision to be fulfilled within this amazing building.”

Phil Thomas, Assistant Headteacher of Ysgol Tir Morfa, said: “Those pupils and staff from Tir Morfa moving across from our Ffordd Derwen site  have been delighted to move into the satellite base in the  new building, complete with its state of the art facilities that will benefit our pupils and future generations. Not many pupils across Wales have opportunities to move into a brand new school. In Rhyl we consider ourselves very lucky to have this opportunity – a momentous occasion in our school’s history”.