Groundworks taking shape on the new schools site

Work has been moving ahead at the site of the brand new development for Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School in Glasdir, Ruthin. Over the past few weeks groundworks have been continuing with fill material being brought on to the site to raise the ground level to complete the plateau for the new buildings.

In the next stage of the project, piles will be installed as part of the work to create the foundation for the buildings.

This project is being funded jointly by Denbighshire County Council and Welsh Government through the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

 

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

Work starts on the new schools site in Ruthin

Work has started on the site of the brand new development for Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School in Glasdir, Ruthin.

Wynne Construction, a North Wales based company, started work on site on the 9th of January. The initial work involved the creation of the site compound and access off Denbigh Road and over the coming weeks further groundworks will take place in order to raise the overall ground level.

We will provide regular updates on this exciting project over the coming months via this blog.

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.

New Year, new era for Glan Clwyd students

Students at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph are heralding the start of the New Year by moving into the brand new extension built on the school grounds, marking the start of a brand new chapter in the school’s history.

The brand new extension forms the first part of a £15.9 million project, jointly funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme. Willmott Dixon, the contractors of the development, started construction on site in November 2015.

Pupils are moving into the new building on Thursday, January 5th – the official first day back at the school.

Work on the next phase, which will see the existing school buildings refurbished, begins this month and is expected to be completed by September 2017.

Councillor Eryl Williams, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, said: “It’s a historic day for Ysgol Glan Clwyd.

“The Council fully recognises the need for improved and additional space to meet the demand for Welsh medium education in the area. Both Denbighshire and the Welsh Government are fully committed to providing the best possible facilities that meet modern 21st Century standards and provide an environment where our students can thrive to meet their potential.

“The extension and refurbishment of Ysgol Glan Clwyd is one of our flagship projects and we are delighted that future generations of children in our communities will benefit from such great facilities”.

Headteacher Bethan Cartwright, said: “This is a momentous occasion for us at Ysgol Glan Clwyd and we are delighted with the results.

“The new extension has provided much needed educational space and there is such a modern feel to our new learning environment.  It’s been great to see this development grow from the foundations into this fantastic facility that will certainly enrich the experiences of our learners.

“The reaction from the pupils has been amazing and we look forward to the next stage of the work beginning in earnest in the coming weeks”.

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.