A £2.5m primary school being built in Denbighshire by Wynne Construction is nearing completion. Pupils are due to move into their new classrooms after the half-term break in June at Ysgol Carreg Emlyn, in Clocaenog.
The new school building is being developed on a new single site in Clocaenog to replace the current sites in Cyffylliog and Clocaenog.
The school comprises four classrooms, a community room, staff room and offices, changing room facilities, and a hall into which the entire building of the village's previous school could fit. The 95 pupils will also benefit from, for the first time, a music room and more outdoor space, incorporating a modern play area and football pitch. The project was funded by Denbighshire County Council through its 21st Century Schools programme and the Welsh Government with Wynne Construction the main contractor for the building work.
The Bodelwyddan-based contractor engaged with pupils, staff and the local community soon after its appointment and moving onto site, around 12 months ago. Children were shown the plans and taught about the different construction skills involved. As work progressed, Wynne Construction hosted visits to site, so youngsters could see how their new facility was taking shape. Company representatives also gave talks about career opportunities, whether in a trade such as joiner or bricklayer, or in technical roles such as civil engineering and quantity surveying. Finally, the company held a community open day so that children, parents and other local residents could explore the completed facility, prior to classes starting next month.
Alison Hourihane, business and community development manager for Wynne Construction, said: “We were excited to welcome the children to visit their new school and familiarise themselves with the building and its surroundings. This follows on from previous visits, where we looked at the building plans and highlighted the types of construction skills involved in the build. This has provided pupils with an insight into the different career opportunities within construction.”
Wynne Construction managing director Chris Wynne added: “Wherever we work, we pride ourselves on providing where possible employment and training for local people. We’ve achieved this at Ysgol Carreg Emlyn, securing existing jobs through our locally-based supply chain, and taking care to try to spread the benefits of the investment as widely as possible among the communities in the vicinity.”
The new school serves a network of villages surrounding Clocaenog, which is five miles south-west of Ruthin, including Cyffylliog, Bontuchel, Clawddnewydd and Derwen.