Wynne Construction is to play a vital role in uniting a school as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment in Wrexham.
The Bodelwyddan-based construction company has been appointed by Wrexham County Borough Council to design and build a £4.5m package of works to integrate the old schoolhouse with a new extension at Johnstown’s Ysgol Yr Hafod.
Three new classrooms and a reception/nursery will be created as part of the extension, which will house Key Stage One students (ages 5-7).
Key Stage Two pupils (ages 7-11) will also benefit from a fully reconfigured version of the existing building which will retain its external features and elevations, whilst also receiving upgraded windows.
The team working on the project, which is scheduled to be finished by April 2023, will include approx. 300 workers, made up of Wynne Construction employees and sub-contractors, along with up to 10 apprentices across the course of the build.
Mark Wilson, project manager at Wynne Construction, said: “We are thrilled to be starting the construction phase of the Ysgol Yr Hafod redevelopment project. Our design team have been working closely with Wrexham CBC and key members in recent months to create a new school environment as well as expand the range of quality educational services the school provides. This development will be a significant boost to the community of Johnstown. Not only will it create a lasting legacy of modern, environmentally-sustainable spaces for learning but it will see Wynne and our supply chain partners keeping project spend local where possible, as well as engaging pupils to showcase construction and the built environment. We look forward to delivering a high-quality project where the pupils will be able to further their own knowledge in a comfortable and progressive manner.”
A turf cutting ceremony has taken place to mark the beginning of the work, which is part of Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Band B programme.
The mayor of Wrexham, councillor Ronnie Prince, said: “It has been a real pleasure to be here today to recognise this wonderful new development in our community. This will be a great benefit to the many generations that will pass through the corridors of this school as it will provide the best facilities they can give to ensure bright futures for the children of Wrexham. My thanks go to everyone who has worked with the utmost dedication to bring this project to fruition.”
Headteacher of Ysgol Yr Hafod, Mrs Alison Heale said: “It’s a very special day for us here at Ysgol Yr Hafod as this signifies the start of what is sure to be a very bright and exciting future for our school. Work is beginning in earnest and once construction is complete, we will offer the best possible facilities for the young children coming through our doors year after year.”