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Multi-Million Pound Investment Proposed For Coleg Cambria Site

A Wrexham college looks set to benefit from a significant investment which would increase the number of courses available at the site.

In an application submitted by Coleg Cambria, it has been proposed that their Bersham Road campus undergoes significant development which would provide see the demolition of several buildings and the creation of a new teaching facility.

The campus itself largely provides vocational subjects, including joinery, painting / decorating, bricklaying, plastering and plumbing.

However in details provided by the college it has been noted that the current site layout of Bersham Road has become fragmented for those using the facility.

Under the proposals a number of standalone / detached buildings would be demolished, leaving the site with four core buildings. An external walkway would be created between two of the blocks on the campus, along with the re-cladding of the roof on Block C and a single storey extension.

The application also proposes that a new specialist engineering and teaching facility is built on the south of the site. The building would consist of teaching labs and a CAD suite, which would used by a range of different courses.

It is hoped that in the short-term the redevelopments will enable a standard of education to be achieved and increase students access to education and their employability.

Speaking about the long-term benefits of the proposals, the application’s Design and Access Statement continues onto say: “The college plans to enhance the range of courses and qualifications offered. The construction of the new block will provide economic benefit to
the local area via the increase of employment opportunities.

“The college currently works in partnership with over 1000 employers to deliver the skills required for employment. Coleg Cambria is continually seeking to add to and improve these ongoing relationships.”

The application is the second to have been proposed by the college in recent months, with earlier plans to develop a state of the art facility on the former Groves site withdrawn this year.

Wrexham Council later voted to retain the site for their own educational purposes.

The application is expected to go before Wrexham’s Planning Committee at a later date.

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