Willmott Dixon has been selected to extend and refurbish Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph under a £13.9m contract.

Work to develop the outline and detailed design for the project will now commence and it is anticipated building work will start in early summer 2015, with the extended and refurbished school completed by September 2017.

The contract has been let under Lot 2 of the new North Wales Schools and Public Buildings Contractor Framework procurement process. Cllr Eryl Williams, Denbighshire County Council’s Lead Member for Education, said: “I am delighted that our latest 21st century schools project is progressing and that work is due to start on site within the next 12 months.

"Together with a new high school in Rhyl and recent projects elsewhere across the county including in Prestatyn, Denbigh, Cynwyd and Llandegla, both Denbighshire and the Welsh Government are continuing to invest in developing first-class educational facilities for the children and young people of Denbighshire.”

Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon’s North West office, said the firm would be actively engaging with the local supply chain and offering local training and apprenticeship to provide a lasting legacy for the local area. Anthony said, “We recently became the only contractor to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year for sustainable development, which was in recognition of our focus on adding value in communities where we work. With our long term presence at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, we look forward to applying that same focus during the framework to benefit the job and career prospects of many people in the region.”

This is Willmott Dixon’s third major education project to be secured recently in North Wales. It recent was appointed for the £20m Rhyl High School which is due to start on site imminently and this summer saw the completion of Ysgol-Y-Gogarth, a £15.8m SEN school which led Conwy County Borough Council Chief Executive Iwan Davies to hail it as a “building which will, over the years to come, give thousands of our more vulnerable young people the very best opportunities.”