New schools’ contractor announced
A contractor has been selected to build the new primary and secondary schools
in Holywell which will be co-located on the site of the existing High School.
Miller Construction will build the flagship £30 million development on land at
the top of the existing school field. Building work is scheduled to start in
One new primary school will replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn Infants and Ysgol y
Fron Junior school and will cater for learners up to the age of 11. This will
be on the same site as the new facility for Holywell High school, which will be
built to provide for the education of 11 to 16 year olds.
The new schools are due to be open from September 2016 with the existing
facilities remaining in use until that time to ensure no disruption for
The proposed new three storey secondary school will have 600 places and the
single storey primary school will have 315 places. Primary children and
secondary age students will be educated in the latest state of the art
accommodation with all modern IT facilities to assist with learning.
The learning campus will have new access for vehicles from Pen-y-Maes Road
together with new access points for pedestrians from Strand Park, Pen-y Maes
Road and Strand Walk.
Replacement sports, play and recreation areas will be created across the site
for the pupils and both schools will have indoor sports halls.
The building and surrounding spaces have been designed so that local community
groups can use them outside school hours.
Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for
“This is another milestone in the provision of this exciting new learning
campus in Holywell. It will be a wonderful modern new facility for children,
young people and the wider community. The contract is also the first to be let
under the new
North Wales Schools and Public Buildings Contractor Framework.”
This new procurement process provides councils with a pre-qualified group of
contractors so that they do not have to go through a lengthy and expensive
tendering process, saving on time and costs. Not only are the contractors
assigned in a fair way, they maximise benefits to the local community, sustain
economic development and deliver environmentally sound buildings whilst
creating jobs and apprenticeships.
Speaking on behalf of the head teachers of the three schools, Holywell High
Schools John Weir said: ?The children and community of Holywell deserve the
best and that is what they will have when the new school buildings are
complete. As we work to ensure the highest quality education for the children
of Holywell, we know that their learning experience will be greatly enhanced by
the investment in what will be a fantastic new facility for the community. The
appointment of Miller Construction brings our 21st Century school buildings one
step closer to reality.
Ian Jubb, Managing Director, Miller Construction said: “We are delighted to
have been selected to deliver the new learning campus. Miller has a long track
record of delivering high quality and best value schools with lasting community
benefits. We now look forward to working with all the participating
stakeholders on the project and to building lasting relationships with these
schools and the communities they will serve.”
You can see the full plans on the Council web site together with a virtual tour
of the campus.