A ground breaking ceremony took place today to officially mark the start of work on a new £9m primary school.
Construction work on the Ysgol Cybi Primary School, in Holyhead, has recently got underway. The new school is being built on the Old Cybi School site opposite Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi and will eventually replace three schools in the town - Ysgol Llaingoch, Ysgol y Parc and Ysgol Parchedig Thomas Elis.
Wynne Construction has been appointed as Design and Build Contractor, and the new school should be ready by March 2017.
Works will include the refurbishment of the original Grade II Listed Edwardian Cybi building, together with the construction of a new two storey modern linked extension. The new school will provide a seat of learning for 540 pupils as well as 76 nursery places.
The refurbished listed building will house two Cylch Meithrin classrooms and four Nursey Reception Classrooms. The new two storey teaching block will house 16 classrooms, main hall, staff and kitchen facilities, as well as numerous Special Education Needs and community spaces. The external environment has been designed so that it offers spaces to learn and to play.
A modern interpretation of the original spire on the Cybi building will also be evident so the building's presence is maintained as the highest point on the site when viewed from any side of the development.
Anglesey's Education portfolio holder, Councillor Kenneth Hughes, said, "I'm delighted to see this exciting new education project getting underway. Ysgol Cybi will provide improved educational and community facilities together with suitable facilities for children with special education needs."
"Parents, pupils and teachers from all three primary schools have already played an important part in the design process and we'll continue to work with them as construction progresses to ensure that the new school is a huge success."
The school construction is being delivered through the North Wales Construction Framework as is receiving 50% funding from the Welsh Government 21st Century Schools Programme as well as a Vibrant and Viable Places funding contribution. Delivering Community Benefits will also be a key requirement of the project.
Anglesey Head of Lifelong Learning, Delyth Molyneux, added, "We're committed to ensuring that our children are taught in schools which meet 21st century standards and expectations. This means investing in buildings which are fit for purpose, in the right place, meet pupilsí needs and become a resource which communities can fully utilise. The development of Ysgol Cybi will lead to significant investment in the town of Holyhead - not only in terms of new infrastructure, but more importantly as a means of ensuring the very best education for those children attending the new school."
The Isle of Anglesey County Council has secured a £16.7m grant from Welsh Government, a sum it will match-fund, to ensure major investment in school infrastructure over the coming few years as part of an ambitious modernisation programme.
As a Voluntary Controlled Church in Wales school, Ysgol Cybi will also ensure the continuation of a proud, centuries old tradition, of high standard education within a Christian ethos for the town of Holyhead, following the closure of Ysgol Y Parchedig Thomas Ellis.
Chris Wynne, Managing Director of Wynne Construction, said: "We're delighted to be, once again, working with Anglesey County Council on this project. Ysgol Cybi is one of the first schools in North Wales to adopt Building Information Modeling (BIM) to the full level 2 standard, which allows designers and constructors to work collaboratively to streamline and accurately model a construction project before work starts on site."
"In addition, the contract will undoubtedly provide a welcome boost to the local economy, not only securing existing jobs through our local-based supply chain, but also creating a number of new employment and apprenticeship opportunities. We look forward to working in partnership with the key stakeholders to maximise benefits for the community."