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Coleg Cambria plans £20m arts & sports block

A planning application for the redevelopment of the Wrexham campus of Coleg Cambria has been filed, involving the demolition of existing buildings, to be replaced by a new facility for catering, arts and sports students.

The campus site, one of six operated by further education provider Coleg Cambria, sits to the north of Wrexham town centre at Grove Park Road and is home to Yale Sixth Form College along with other vocational courses and apprenticeship programmes.

The site is also to house the National Library of Wales digital archive, which it is hoped will bring in more visitors and help support markets along Chester Road.

Wynne Construction is to deliver the £20m project. TACP said in its design and access statement accompanying the application that the plans support the Wrexham Town Masterplan, which was adopted in April 2016:

“The proposals for the Yale Campus redevelopment support the aspirations of this masterplan, with the design approach aiming to enhance the Chester Road setting, creating an active frontage and improving connectivity between the campus and future development areas to the east.

“The design aims to improve the setting of Chester Road which has been identified as a ‘Key Movement Corridor’ and potential focal point as the crossing of east-west and north-south routes.”

The intention is to demolish existing single-storey and two-storey buildings and replace them with a single three-storey building of around 96,000 sq ft that will offer space for hospitality and catering, sports and creative industries and media, including training, teaching, administration, examinarion and flexible hall space.

TACP hopes to provide a more impressive frontage to Chester Road with the new building and added that the digital archive will provide a focal point, stating that “a curved wall will define the archive space while guiding movement through the building between the main atrium and the theatre and sports facilities.”

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