Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog has officially started work on a £1 million project to build a new accommodation block at the Centre.
The project will see the demolition of the old cabins Hendre a Gelli, which housed thousands of residents for over 40 years. In their place a new 3 storey accommodation block will be built with 24 en suite rooms and lounges.
This is all possible thanks to a £364,370 grant through Rural Development Plan 2007 – 2013 funded by the Welsh Government, and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The fund is administered by Ceredigion County Council on behalf of the Adfywio Ceredigion Regeneration Partnership.
Steffan Jenkins, Centre Director commented:-
“It’s important that the Urdd offers the best facilities to all the children, young people and adults that visit the Centre. When completed there will be 480 beds which means that we are looking forward confidentially to a long and lasting future. This project is beneficial not only to the centre but to the local area as well.”
As a part of the project the Centre has appointed B3 Architects from Aberystwyth to design and project manage. The project has particular importance to the lead architect Iwan Thomas, as his father was the lead contractor on the original Hendre building in 1980, and he will now be responsible for designing the building that will replace it.
The main contractor on the project will be W B Griffiths & Son Ltd from Haverfordwest, who are also working with local companies’ to complete the project.
Neil Griffiths, Managing Director for W B Griffiths & Son Ltd commented:-
“We are delighted that we have been awarded the contract to deliver the prestigious high quality accommodation project for the Urdd at Llangrannog. With many of our staff and their children having used the facilities in the past we feel that there is already a connection with the project.
As a West Wales based contractor we are committed to using, where possible, quality local tradesmen and subcontractors to carrying out the work that will support the Local Community of Ceredigion.
The project is due for completion in June 2013 and the Site Management Team are fully motivated to achieve this.”
The accommodation block will see 6.5 new jobs created, as well as securing jobs for over 100 local people already working at the Urdd Residential Centre in Llangrannog.