7 July 2010
Practical completion has been reached
on the £1.75m refurbishment of the Glanrafon Building at the
Glynllifon campus of Coleg Meirion Dwyfor - part of Grwp Llandrillo
- in North Wales.
The building, which creates new residential accommodation for
students studying farming and agriculture at Glynllifon, is also
the first phase of the £10m PA@G (Pentref Addysg @ Glynlliffon)
Learning Village that aims to drive forward education, training and
rural development across the region.
Capita Symonds’ Colwyn Bay office is providing
multidisciplinary services on the student accommodation which is
housed in the Grade II listed converted stable block of Glynllifon
Mansion. The block is constructed around an internal courtyard and
was previously home to residential, teaching and office
accommodation as well as a canteen.
Tenders are currently being invited for the
second phase Glynllifon campus development - a new build teaching
block designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standards which is sited
adjacent to a special area of conservation and one of the largest
roosts for lesser horseshoe bats in Europe.
Capita Symonds’ Colwyn Bay office has a
longstanding relationship with the Coleg Meirion Dwyfor and Coleg
Llandrillo colleges which merged earlier this year to form Grwp
Llandrillo. The company played an integral part in securing grant
funding from the WAG (Welsh Assembly Government) for the first
phase of the PA@G Learning Village scheme.
The PA@G project will include business starter
units as well as drawing in other learning provider partners to
further expand the village. For example, it will include vocational
training that will respond to the requirements of learners and the
existing workforce and will also be a centre where education and
training providers can work together to ensure the very best for
learners, business and the local economy.
Paul Terry, Director, Capita Symonds’ Colwyn
Bay office, said: “The Glanrafon project is the vital, first phase
of this visionary project at Glynllifon and we are delighted to
have played a pivotal role in its successful delivery. There is a
great integrated team on the project and we look forward to
continuing the excellent team approach with our client - Grwp
Llandrillo - to successfully deliver the second phase. The Capita
Symonds team has also received praise and thanks from
the Coleg Principal for our speed of response and the
huge effort put in by everyone involved in the scheme to date.”