Minister for Education and Welsh Language Marks Milestone in delivery of Mynydd Isa Campus
Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, was the guest of honour today, Friday 21 April, to mark a major construction milestone at the site of the new Mynydd Isa Campus.
The Minister was joined by representatives of Flintshire County Council, WEPCo (Welsh Education Partnership) and Robertson Construction to sign the first of the steel beams for the education campus which will be home to over 1,300 pupils when it is ready for occupation in November 2024.
Mynydd Isa Campus will be the first school to be delivered through WEPco utilising the Welsh Government’s Mutual Investment Model (MIM). The Minister was joined in signing the beam by Isla, Osian, Leo and Ruby, tear 4 and 5 pupils from Ysgol Mynydd Isa and Chloe and Zac, year 7 pupils from Argoed High School, all of whom will be attending the new campus.
Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said:
“I am pleased to see this project underway, being the first MIM education project to reach financial close and the first all-through campus to be delivered under the MIM programme.
I look forward to seeing the high quality facilities and opportunities this sustainable school will offer pupils next year.”
The Leader of Flintshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:
“I am delighted to represent the local authority today to mark an important milestone in the construction of the new Mynydd Isa Campus.
This is an exciting occasion in the construction of the new campus, I am pleased local pupils will also have the opportunity to get involved when they are invited to sign the steel beams too.
I look forward to seeing construction works progress and to welcome pupils when they occupy the new campus from November 2024.”
Elliot Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, Robertson Group, commented:
“Signing the steel frame today reinforces a declaration of intent in the delivery of the new Campus. We are represented not only as the contractor of choice for the construction but also for the on-going FM hard services provision.
“By adding a signature to the beam, our commitment is to the delivery of a high-quality project and services that bring multiple benefits to the local community, through the provision of inspiring educational facilities, our community impact delivery during the build programme and our contribution to the local economy, through the use of local supply chain and services.”
Christian Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer, WEPCo, commented:
“This is the first WEPCo project to reach financial close and to commence on site. This project will set a benchmark for the future delivery of education facilities in Wales and is set to bring more than just academic attainment to Flintshire.
“We are pleased to have Robertson Group as part of our strong team which has the capabilities to create a truly wonderful learning space that will bring additional long-term benefits through its net zero operation capabilities. Mynydd Isa Campus leads the way in a fresh approach to the Welsh education portfolio with a long-term impact to the community at its heart. It also demonstrates the power of true partnership bringing together the collective expertise of our supply chain, investors, the Local Authority and the Welsh Government.”
Following the steel signing guests were invited to take a VR (virtual reality) experience through the build sequence of the inspiring new facility.
In the coming weeks all the pupils from Ysgol Mynydd Isa and Argoed High School will be invited to attend the site to add their signature to the steel in order that their legacy, as one of the first intakes at the school, is forever captured in the fabric of the building.
The new two-storey campus, which is being built on the site of the existing Argoed High School, Mynydd Isa will be BREEAM excellent and net zero carbon in operation. Providing a complete 3 to 16 educational programme, the primary and high school will remain as separate schools operating from a single building with a gross internal floor area of 10,507m².
Pupils will occupy the new campus from November 2024, with all works completed by September 2025 when the existing Argoed High School will be demolished and new games pitches formed.