Wynne Construction will be giving new life to a Criccieth primary school as they commence work on a modern building for students to move to.
We have begun building the new Ysgol Treferthyr in the town, following a turf-cutting event held by Cyngor Gwynedd to celebrate the start on site. The ceremony saw the ground dug into by Cyngor Gwynedd cabinet member for education Councillor Beca Brown and a group of Ysgol Treferthyr pupils.
Cyngor Gwynedd appointed our company to develop the £8m project, which will provide space for 150 pupils, an increase from the previous site’s capacity of 119, an early years unit, and an additional learning assessment unit. Funded by the Welsh Government through the Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme and Cyngor Gwynedd, the scheme is scheduled to finish by September 2024. Upon completion, pupils will move from the school in the centre of Criccieth to the new site, which sits along the A497 on the western approach to the town.
Andy Lea, our project manager, said: “We are really pleased to once again be working with Gwynedd Council on this prestigious new school for the staff and pupils of Criccieth. As always, throughout the construction process, we will look to leave a lasting legacy, by creating job and training opportunities, working with our local supply chain, and engaging with the community and key stakeholders. Providing a modern 21st century school facility where young children can learn and develop in an inspirational environment is paramount and reinforces our commitment to delivering a strong future for Gwynedd as a whole.”
Initial works on site are currently underway, with our site team to build six classrooms, a hall, kitchen, and multipurpose room as part of the development.
As part of our commitment to social value, we have already worked with the school to highlight the historical significance of the site, bringing in pupils from Ysgol Treferthyr to examine artefacts found through a pre-planning survey.
Karena Owens, head of Ysgol Treferthyr said: “School staff were active in the design process of the new building from the very beginning and although the project had to overcome several obstacles over the past few years, it’s great to see that the construction stage of the new building has started. Everyone at Ysgol Treferthyr is excited and looking forward to moving to the new site in September 2024. The amazing building will certainly be an excellent resource and a great educational asset for the learners, staff, Governors and the community for the future."
Councillor Brown said: “I’m delighted to see work start on the new school which, when finished, will provide modern facilities for the children of Criccieth and allow them to reach their full potential. Although the old school has been a much-loved feature of the town, I’m confident that the learners, their families and the teaching staff will be excited by the prospect of the new school.”