23 September 2010
Work has started on the second phase of the £10.3m PA@G (Pentref
Addysg @ Glynlliffon) Learning Village in North Wales.
Situated on the Glynllifon campus of Coleg
Meirion Dwyfor - part of Grwp Llandrillo - the innovative Learning
Village will enable a number of education and training providers to
work together to offer more vocational courses, ensuring the very
best for learners, business and also the local economy.
Capita Symonds is project managing and
designing the second phase which comprises a new build teaching
block designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standards. The building is
also sited adjacent to a special area of conservation and one of
the largest roosts for lesser horseshoe bats in Europe.
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.
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 £1.75m
refurbishment of the Glanrafon Building to create new residential
accommodation for students – which was completed in July.
It represents a commitment to rapidly develop land based facilities in the area, investment in the rural economy, and moving towards creating the first truly ‘green’ campus in the country...
Mr Huw Evans OBE, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
Principal said: “Continuing investment in the Glynllifon Campus is
an important element of College future strategy. It represents a
commitment to rapidly develop land based facilities in the area,
investment in the rural economy, and moving towards creating the
first truly ‘green’ campus in the country.”
The first turf of the new build was cut by
Councillor John Bellis, Chair of the College’s Corporation: “I am
delighted to be present at the cutting of the first turf for the
exciting new £8.3million Pentref Addysg at Glynllifon building
project – the new green field development marks the start of a new
era at Glynllifon as part of Grŵp Llandrillo, which will provide
extensive facilities for agricultural and land based studies in
North West Wales, working in partnership with the Welsh Assembly
Government, all local stakeholders, schools, agencies and industry
Paul Terry, Director, Capita Symonds’ Colwyn
Bay office, said: “There is a great integrated team on this
visionary project and we look forward to continuing the excellent
team approach with our client - Grwp Llandrillo - to successfully
deliver the second phase.”