Ysgol Glan Clwyd – Update

The finishing touches are being applied in advance of the handover of the next phase of the refurbishment works at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, in time for the start of the new school term.

Here are some photos from a recent site visit.

 

Refurbishment of the Victorian block is now nearing completion. The last phase of the project will include completion of landscaping, bus and car parking facilities together with leisure facilities and these are to be completed over the coming months ahead of the completion of the project in mid-November.

The project is funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

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Ysgol Glan Clwyd Demolition Event

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

Design work to commence on new 3-16 school

Kier Construction have been appointed as the main contractor to take forward plans to deliver the new 3-16 Catholic school in Rhyl. The project is planned to be funded in partnership by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.

Kier Construction will now commence design works for the proposed new school, which could replace Ysgol Mair/ St. Mary’s Catholic primary school and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High school should the amalgamation be approved. Denbighshire County Council have now published a Statutory Notice to close both schools and to build a brand new 3-16 Catholic school. A final decision on the proposal will be taken by Cabinet in the autumn.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Children and Young People said, “I am delighted that work is now progressing and we look forward to continuing working with the Diocese of Wrexham on this exciting innovative project. Denbighshire are continuing their commitment to investing in improving the learning environments for the children and young people of the County with this project.”

Bishop Peter Brignall of the Diocese of Wrexham said, “This is further good news in the progress of the proposal for the new Catholic school in Rhyl. This project, which is proposed to be funded by the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council and in partnership with the Catholic Church will facilitate learning opportunities in state of the art buildings and facilities for the children and young people of Denbighshire providing aspiration and fuelling inspiration. I am grateful to the County for the close partnership and shared vision we have and join in the expression of pleasure in the progress of this project.”

Project Update: Ysgol Llanfair DC

A pre-planning consultation event was held on the 26th June 2017 at Neuadd Eleanor, Llanfair DC. Parents, staff, pupils and residents attended to view the proposed plans and provide feedback prior to the final application being submitted for consideration by Denbighshire’s Planning Committee.

If approved, this project will be jointly funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.

See image below of the proposed layout for the new school:

LLANFAIR SITE LAYOUT

All relevant documents are available to view on the consultation pages of the Denbighshire website throughout the consultation period which ends on the 16th July 2017.

 

 

Another significant milestone in schools’ development

A beam signing ceremony has taken place at the site of two brand new schools being built in Ruthin, marking yet another significant milestone in the project’s history.

Work is well-underway at the Glasdir site on the outskirts of the town where replacement school buildings for Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School are being built, to replace their existing ageing and not-fit for purpose facilities.

It’s expected that the new schools will be open in the Spring of 2018.

The overall cost of the project is estimated to be £11.2 million, with the project funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education programme.

Denbighshire – based Wynne Construction is the contractor appointed to work on the project.  

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, said: “This is another prime example where Denbighshire is working towards providing the best educational facilities for our children and young people, as well as future generations.

“This is an ambitious project and people passing the site on the outskirts of the town will see the landscape changing on virtually a daily basis. It’s great to see the project progressing so well and excitement is building amongst the school communities, as they will have great facilities which they can be extremely proud of.

“Seeing the faces of the children attending the beam signing ceremony shows that anticipation is building and we cannot wait to see the youngsters settling into their new surroundings”.