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Contractor appointed to build new Welsh-medium primary school

Image of artist impression of Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng

12 January 2021

Image of artist impression of Ysgol Gymraeg Y TrallwngA Welsh construction company has been appointed to build a brand-new primary school in north Powys, the county council has said.

Wynne Construction has been awarded the contract by Powys County Council to build the new 150-place primary school for Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng.

The Denbighshire-based company will be required to provide substantial opportunities for local contractors as well as deliver additional community benefits during the scheme's construction.

Meet the Buyer events will be arranged shortly so that local contractors and suppliers have the opportunity to meet Wynne Construction as part of the scheme.

Work on the development, which is being funded by the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme and is 50% funded by the council, is due to start next month (February).

Earlier today (Tuesday, January 12), Cabinet agreed to increase the council's allocation for the project by £1.35m to meet the additional costs for the project.

The innovative scheme for the new school combines the old and the new which will provide the pupils of Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng and the community of Welshpool with fantastic facilities whilst maintaining the presence of the iconic Ysgol Maesydre.

The old Grade II listed building will be refurbished to accommodate early years and community facilities and a new extension will be built to include a new school hall and classroom bases. The building will also be the first Passivhaus hybrid project in the UK.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "I'm delighted that Wynne Construction have been appointed as the lead contractors to build the new school for Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng.

"It's great that this project has moved a step closer after experiencing some setbacks that were completely beyond the control of the council.

"Our exciting plans for Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng will provide our learners with 21st Century facilities while preserving and modernising a Grade II listed building for the community of Welshpool to use.

"We have a strategy to transform education in Powys and the Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng new build shows our commitment to deliver this important strategy. When complete, it will provide a learning environment that will allow learners and teaching staff to thrive and reach their potential through the medium of Welsh.

"We look forward to working with Wynne Construction for the duration of this project."

Chris Wynne, Managing Director of Wynne Construction said: "Having built up a wealth of experience in schools and college throughout North Wales, we are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract by Powys County Council and to be working with them for the first time.

"We are extremely pleased to be working in mid-Wales and to have gained a successful contract win through the SEWSCAP3 framework.  We look forward to working together with Powys and their key stakeholders, the school and local community to deliver this inspirational learning environment.

"We aim to deliver lasting socio-economic and community benefits for the project, including local employment, training and development opportunities."

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