North Wales-based READ Construction scoops college Sport Science centre contract

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (GLLM) has appointed North Wales-based READ Construction to build a brand new Sport Science training facility at the Coleg Menai campus in Llangefni.

The £6.3m state-of-the-art project includes a brand new sports hall, large gym, changing facilities, 7 Sport Science classrooms, Sports Biometrics laboratories, staff rooms and equipment storage.

The contract award is the latest key milestone for the Grŵp's extensive strategic development programme across its estate.

Aled Jones-Griffiths, Coleg Menai & Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Principal said: “This is another big step towards creating a regionally important education & training hub at Llangefni. It will bring the Grŵp’s investment at this campus to well over £40m over the last 10 years.

“The new Sport facility will include cutting-edge technology and equipment for monitoring athletic performance. It really will be an unbeatable facility for students who enroll on our highly regarded Sports & Public Services programme.”

The investment was made possible with support from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools & Colleges Programme. Isle of Anglesey County Council’s delivery of the £11.4m Llangefni Link Road was also a significant factor behind the Grŵp Governing Board’s decision to invest heavily at Llangefni.

Construction will commence in September this year and will continue until next autumn, with the new Centre expected to be occupied and open for teaching by the start of 2023.

Richard Heaton, READ Construction’s Managing Director, said: “Read are delighted to be working with GLLM on this new state-of-the-art project. As a North Wales based company, we are committed to reinvesting the Welsh pound to within the local economy, engaging and supporting local companies, together with upskilling local people and benefiting local communities at large throughout the contract. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with GLLM beyond the delivery of this strategically important and prestigious project.”

Wyn Thomas Director of Strategic Projects said: “We are particularly proud that once again, a top quality North Wales based company has won a major contract through our GLLM competitive procurement framework.

"This means that our development projects are continuing to feed the network of sub-contractors based here within the region, strengthening the regional economy by securing and creating Welsh jobs. And as with all our developments, the new Sports Science centre will comply with the BREEAM Excellent sustainability standard."

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