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New £7.2m build unveiled by Ystrad Mynach College

The Ystrad Mynach College serves the educational and training needs of communities within Caerphilly and Upper Rhymney Valley area of Wales. Over the last ten years, the college has grown extensively in both student numbers and provision.

Its current learner enrolments is in excess of 14,000, and Ystrad Mynach College currently employs more than 500 members of staff on two main campuses in Ystrad Mynach and Rhymney.

Over the last nine years, the college has invested in excess of ten million pounds in its estates programme. Now, with an announcement from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), it has signalled a five million pound investment in a new 1,744m² build that will start in June 2009.

The new build will encompass 13 classrooms, a new library, improved catering facilities and public areas for learners, exhibitions, competitions and public events. It is scheduled for completion by September next year.

"The new facility will allow us provide our learners with leading edge teaching facilities and much needed social areas for our learners," said Bryn Davies, principal of Ystrad Mynach College.

The college is aiming to achieve BREEAM (BR Environmental Assessment Method) excellence rating with the building of the new block. Plans have been outlined that include rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation and a biomass boiler

The funding is part of a 50 million pound investment project by WAG to improve facilities of colleges in Wales.

Solange Berchemin

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