Coleg Cambria's £21 million development at their Wrexham Yale campus, built by Wynne Construction, was officially opened during a Ministerial visit to the site.
Education Minister Jeremy Miles MS attended the formal opening of the ‘commercial village’ at Coleg Cambria’s Yale campus.
Wynne Construction won the contract to develop the 96,000sqft, three-storey building through the North Wales Construction Partnership Framework and completed the multi-million-pound project with high-quality facilities for catering, creative arts and sport students.
With construction taking place over the course of the pandemic, Wynne Construction prioritised the health and wellbeing of workers during the build and ensured minimal disruption was felt by students and staff, upholding the site’s registration with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). Additionally, the site is constructed to BREEAM Excellent standards, a title given to highly sustainable projects both during and after construction.
Wynne Construction ensured sustainable technologies were incorporated into the project and are continuously present through using natural daylight and natural ventilation within the building.
Managing director of Wynne Construction Chris Wynne said: "We are incredibly proud of the team that delivered this prestigious building for Coleg Cambria at their Yale campus, our latest design and build scheme for the college. The project team navigated many challenges presented by COVID-19 while working on a live site as well as sharing the campus with students and staff. Our number one priority was to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the project and to produce a high-quality finish, which we achieved.
"In addition, we were pleased to be working within Wrexham again and to continue with building a legacy and future for the construction industry.
Despite COVID, we achieved a 63 per cent spend towards Welsh-based SMEs, six work experience placements, 360 training weeks for apprenticeships, and more than 2,000 pupil interactions during the build."
Jeremy Miles MS said: “I was really pleased to open the new Hafod building at Coleg Cambria. It's a really impressive facility, which will be great for the students and staff. I'm delighted the Welsh Government could support this through our 21st Century School and Colleges programme.
Thanks to the college for the welcome and best wishes to everyone who will be learning and working at Hafod.”
Coleg Cambria’s chief executive Yana Williams said: “We are committed to ensuring learners across North Wales have access to agile and relevant further and higher education qualifications, and capitalising on the cutting-edge facilities we have in this region. We will also be prioritising health and social care, aerospace, construction and supporting potential for growth in sectors such as food and drink manufacturing, software engineering, data science, environment and sustainable development and nuclear and advanced manufacturing. As we rebound from the impact of the pandemic, we really want to reenergise and reskill for the benefit of this and future generations.”