Glynllifon refurbishment scheme completed

7 July 2010

Practical completion has been reached on the £1.75m refurbishment of the Glanrafon Building at the Glynllifon campus of Coleg Meirion Dwyfor - part of Grwp Llandrillo - in North Wales.


The building, which creates new residential accommodation for students studying farming and agriculture at Glynllifon, is also the first phase of the £10m PA@G (Pentref Addysg @ Glynlliffon) Learning Village that aims to drive forward education, training and rural development across the region.

Capita Symonds’ Colwyn Bay office is providing multidisciplinary services on the student accommodation which is housed in the Grade II listed converted stable block of Glynllifon Mansion. The block is constructed around an internal courtyard and was previously home to residential, teaching and office accommodation as well as a canteen.

Tenders are currently being invited for the second phase Glynllifon campus development - a new build teaching block designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standards which is sited adjacent to a special area of conservation and one of the largest roosts for lesser horseshoe bats in Europe.

Capita Symonds’ Colwyn Bay office has a longstanding relationship with the Coleg Meirion Dwyfor and Coleg Llandrillo colleges which merged earlier this year to form Grwp Llandrillo. The company played an integral part in securing grant funding from the WAG (Welsh Assembly Government) for the first phase of the PA@G Learning Village scheme.

The PA@G project will include business starter units as well as drawing in other learning provider partners to further expand the village. For example, it will include vocational training that will respond to the requirements of learners and the existing workforce and will also be a centre where education and training providers can work together to ensure the very best for learners, business and the local economy.

Paul Terry, Director, Capita Symonds’ Colwyn Bay office, said: “The Glanrafon project is the vital, first phase of this visionary project at Glynllifon and we are delighted to have played a pivotal role in its successful delivery. There is a great integrated team on the project and we look forward to continuing the excellent team approach with our client - Grwp Llandrillo - to successfully deliver the second phase. The Capita Symonds team has also received praise and thanks from the Coleg Principal for our speed of response and the huge effort put in by everyone involved in the scheme to date.”