Multi-million pound plan to rebuild Wrexham school

Published date: 28 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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WREXHAM Council has submitted a bid for a multi-million pound scheme to rebuild a town primary school.

Plans have been unveiled to build a replacement for Hafod y Wern CP School and demolish the old building in a move aimed at upgrading education provision in Caia Park.

It is the first step in an initiative which could ultimately lead to enhanced facilities for both Hafod y Wern and Gwenfro schools.

Wrexham Council has put in a planning application for the Hafod y Wern site, which is based on Deva Way.

Proposals involve building a new school on land behind the existing junior school.

The infant school on the same site is to be retained.

A statement submitted with the planning application said: “This application is part of a longer term project to enhance Hafod y Wern and Gwenfro schools to bring them up to modern standards to serve the needs of the community – one of the most deprived in Wales.

“On completion of this new building, the original intention was to decant pupils from Gwenfro to this site to facilitate remodelling there.

“However this would have created logistical issues.”

It has now been decided to deal with each school separately.

The statement said: “On completion of the new Hafod y Wern school the old junior school block will be demolished.”

Hafod y Wern Junior School building was built in the 1950s and is now estimated only to have about four-and-a-half years of useful life left.

The school currently has 259 pupils and there is demand for additional places. The proposed new school will have a capacity for 315 pupils.

The supporting planning statement added: “While the site is currently part of the open space area to serve the school, there would appear to be more than sufficient to cater for the needs of pupils.

“On completion of the project, parts of the site of the demolished school will be laid out for replacement playing fields which will be to an enhanced standard.”

The description of the proposals said the development consists of a new build two-storey primary school on the existing site, adding: “The new building will be constructed on the school field.

“The existing school will continue to operate during the construction period.

“Following the new build the existing junior school building will be demolished – the existing infants building is to remain.

“The new building will be a steel framed construction with a variety of cladding to the elevations.

“The perimeter fence is to be replaced with a 2.4 metre weld mesh fence and a new car park is to be created for staff.”

A council spokesman added the scheme would be a multi-million pound development.

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