Green light for multi-million pound school. Work is set to start on a multi-million pound project to build a brand-new school for pupils with special educational needs from the Meirionnydd and Dwyfor areas of the county. This follows a decision by Gwynedd Council's Cabinet to give its final approval to the proposals that will see the new state-of-the-art school open in September 2016.
The Welsh Government have approved the final business case and an investment of £6.2 million towards the project that will also include a six-bed residential unit, which will allow pupils to stay for long or short periods of time, giving their families much needed respite. This important provision will mean that far fewer children will have to go outside Gwynedd to receive elements of their care and education.
With an overall cost of £13 million, the new facility that will be located at Penrhyndeudraeth will include modern and well equipped classrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, therapy rooms, sensory equipment, suitable outdoor areas for play and learning and a garden and cafÉ where the older children can develop entrepreneurial skills.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said: "I am delighted that work can now get underway to build this ambitious and much-needed facility. As a Council, we are committed to raising standards and ensuring that all of the county's pupils have access to the very best educational facilities so that they can fully realise their potential.
"Our plans for this brand new school include the very latest facilities which will improve the lives of the children who attend as well as their families. The staff at Ysgol Hafod Lon and Uned Ty Aran provide excellent education, but the fact is that the present facilities no longer meet modern needs.
"We are therefore looking forward to this exciting project which will deliver a major investment in the Meirionnydd and Dwyfor area of the county."
Following a formal tender procedure, the Council is pleased to announce that the contract to build the new facility will be awarded to local company Wynne Construction and it is expected that work will begin on-site in February.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Cabinet Member with responsibility for Property matters said: "Over recent years, the Council has worked effectively in partnership with Wynne Construction to deliver a number of projects including both the award winning new schools at Ysgol yr Hendre in Caernarfon and Craig y Deryn in Llanegryn.
"We know from experience that Wynne Construction share our commitment to keeping as much of the benefit of such projects in the local economy by employing as many local contractors and staff on their projects as possible and supporting local businesses in their supply chains. We now look forward to finalising the agreement with them and to see work start on the new school."
Chris Wynne Managing Director, Wynne Construction added: "As a proud North Wales company and one of the leading providers of educational buildings in the region, we are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Gwynedd Council. Our proven experience in this field equips us to deliver the project to a high standard and during the construction process to strengthen our existing local supply chain and to support the local and North Wales economy in the build of the new school. We will also involve the local community and key stakeholders in delivering a range of community benefits in support of the investment into the project."
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