Pupils from schools in Y Bala joined Gwynedd Council representatives and building contractors Wynne Construction have recently attended a turf cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the new Learning Campus that will open its doors in September 2018.
The joint investment of £10 million, by Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government, as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, will ensure that the area's children are taught on a site that provides a modern suitable learning environment for the 21st century as well as protecting the long-term future of post-16 education and the rural schools within the catchment-area.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said: "It is a very exciting period for the Penllyn area as the re-organisation plan for Y Bala will lead to the establishment of a school with resources and a learning environment fir for the of 21st century.
"This innovative model is one that could be used for future provision in other catchment-areas, contributing towards improving the quality of education and ensuring the viability and effectiveness of public services through the sharing and co-location of services."
After submitting a successful grant application to the Football Association of Wales, it is expected that the work on installing a 3G synthetic pitch on Maes Tegid will commence in early summer, and the new pitch will open early in the autumn term. As well as the arrangement where pupils from the local school can use the field during school hours, it is envisaged that the 3G pitch will form part of important additional community services serving Y Bala and the neighbouring area.
Contractors, Wynne construction will commence work on the site during the summer holidays, with the new Campus opening officially in September 2018.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Cabinet Member with responsibility for property issues said:
"This is an exciting project. Wynne Construction is an experienced and highly reputable company that has received awards for their construction work. They are committed to ensuring that the local economy gains as much benefit as possible from such projects through employing as many as possible contractors and local staff on their projects and supporting local businesses in their supply chains."