Sports hall development for college’s Llangefni campus

Plans for a new sports hall have been submitted to council planners as part of an £8m revamp of a college campus.

Having already announced plans to move an entire Sports, Outdoor and Public Services Department as well as a range of A-Level STEM subjects to the Llangefni Campus, Grwp Llandrillo-Menai has is now seeking planning approval for the state-of-the-art facilities.

If approved, the college plans to make the new 2,600m2 sports hall available for both public and student use, while creating 12 full-time jobs.

In all, the proposals include:

A five-court sports hall;

Gym – cardio zone;

Gym – multi gym/weights zone;

Activity studio;

Storage areas;

Male and female changing rooms, toilets and showers;

Teaching rooms (variety of sizes);

Exercise physiology suite;

Staff workroom and social space.

Wyn Thomas Director of Strategic Projects at Grwp Llandrillo Menai, confirmed that the £8m project will see a total of £28m invested at the Llangefni campus since 2016, with the plans also involving the creation of coach parking areas within existing site car park.

Aled Jones-Griffiths, Principal of Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said: “This really exciting development will provide our Learners with first-rate modern teaching facilities.

“I am confident the co-location of the Sports and Public Services department; Science and Maths A- Levels, with the already best-in-class industry specification Engineering, Electronics, and Technology teaching facilities at our £13.6m SteM Centre completed only last year, will offer

our learners a genuinely unbeatable set of options.”

Dafydd Evans, the Chief Executive, added: “We have worked very closely and successfully with Anglesey County Council and Welsh Government for a number of years in order to realise a very ambitious strategic Masterplan for our Llangefni Campus.

“This effective partnership has included the development of an £11.4m Link Road by Anglesey Council and the Welsh Government, without which we simply could not expand.

“As a result of this next project, our Llangefni Campus will in fact become the second largest across the whole Grwp.

“Major developments are then set to follow at Bangor and at other GLLM Sites, all of which are assisted by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme.”

It is expected that Anglesey Council’s Planning Committee will discuss the application over the coming months.

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey