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Welsh special-needs school set for major renovation

Welsh special-needs school set for major renovation
A special education needs school in Wales is set for an £18 million makeover after Willmott Dixon was awarded the contract to undertake the project.

Ysgol Y Gogarth school will be subject to a major revamp on its existing site in Craig Y Don, Llandudno. The redevelopment is designed to provide better services and facilities for pupils and staff that are housed within the school, moving it forward in terms of what is required from an education facility of this ilk. Willmott has revealed that it will be building a new campus fit for the 170-strong populous that use the school on a daily basis. It encompass a host of facilities that will help the children progress through their education.

The company managed to beat off competition from the likes of Bam, Vinci and Graham Construction to secure the contract and will begin work later in July. Facilities that are set to be installed include a new library, IT spaces, therapy rooms, a hydro-pool, sports hall and vocational teaching areas, which aim to allow staff to give the best possible service to the pupils within the school. The company stated that the existing residential facilities will be completely renovated allowing pupils to differentiate between school and home.

Willmott said that the final phase of the two year project will include an improved car parking facility allowing better vehicle access. There will also be a new grassed area as well as a multi-use sports pitches giving the pupils a place to go for outdoor activities, as well as creating a welcoming environment in which they feel comfortable.

Jonathan Morgan, head teacher of Ysgol Y Gogarth expressed his delight at the new project stating that pupils, staff and governors were all very excited at the prospect of having a brand new campus to enjoy. He stated that the development will give the school a building to match its staff member's expertise.

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the region, added: "We have built special needs schools across the country and will be applying all that experience here to deliver a superb new school for the region that provides very specialised learning."

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Date: 28/06/2012 16:47:00

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