A Bangor primary school has undergone a major transformation, with new extensions and a total remodelling of the site completed by Wynne Construction.
We were appointed by Gwynedd Council to carry out the redevelopment of Ysgol y Faenol, originally built in the 1950s.
As part of the modernisation of the site, the development included the building of seven additional classrooms, some replacing temporary buildings, which enables an increase in pupil capacity from 186 to 285. A new entrance, car parking and playground facilities have also been installed, with the existing main hall being refurbished and kitchen extended to support the increased capacity. Additionally, solar panels were installed to assist the success of the council’s climate and nature emergency plan, with our utilising excess material from the development to level the school’s football pitch.
With lessons continuing during the build, we worked with the school to ensure learning was not interrupted, while the local community was able to keep up to date with the progress through regular updates posted to a dedicated Facebook page.
Graham Dickson, our contracts manager, said: “We are excited to complete the works at Ysgol y Faenol, which was a major refurbishment and modernisation project for the existing 1950s building. Working on a live site can be challenging, but our team has in-depth knowledge and experience in these scenarios to minimise disruption and the general day-to-day activities at the school. For every school we work on, we’re committed to building a modern and engaging learning environment. We hope the pupils will be proud of how their school looks.”
The redevelopment of Ysgol y Faenol forms part of a major investment in primary education in the Bangor area from the council under the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme, now known as the Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme.
Councillor Beca Brown, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I’m delighted to see this new chapter in Ysgol y Faenol’s proud history unfold. I very much hope that the pupils and staff will be happy in their new-look school and that their modern classrooms and facilities will continue to make lessons engaging and fun. I’m pleased that Gwynedd Council has been able to make the best use of Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme to invest in our children’s education. I know that working on a major project such as this during a pandemic has not been easy, so I would like to thank all those involved, and wish the school well to the future.”