THE latest innovative methods are being used to build four new school buildings across north Wales

Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction is working on projects at Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd and Ysgol Carreg Emlyn in Ruthin, as well as Ysgol Santes Dwynwen in Anglesey and Ysgol Penyffordd in Flintshire.

The award-winning company is installing structural insulated panels (SIPs), which are akin to material used to build timber frame residential properties.

The company claims, that compared to the more traditional bricks and mortar method, the schools are set to benefit from a more "energy efficient building" says that SIPs are quicker and easier to build.

Andy Garner, design manager at Wynne Construction, said: “We pride ourselves on delivering the best possible solution for clients through innovation, and SIPs are ideal for these projects.

“One of the key elements of using SIPs is that quality is not compromised. For example, SIPs were used on the shared school site at Glasdir, Ruthin last year. The scheme, which involved the relocation of two primary schools to the development, is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating.

“Indeed, the Glasdir project won Best Use of SIPs at the Structural Timber Awards in 2018.

“Embedding the SIP manufacturer in the design team from the outset ensures a fully co-ordinated SIP model is produced earlier in the process. This speeds up time from the outset of construction with the SIP structure being manufactured earlier in the programme.

“As well as time saved at the start of the programme, the build phase is also shorter, and overall this means pupils are on-site in their new learning environment quicker.”

Lauren Kennedy, business development coordinator at Innovaré, which specialises in SIP solutions and is sub-contracting to Wynne Construction on the projects, said: “There is a boost to health and safety as construction is carried out off-site. In addition, it reduces waste and improves sustainability. It really is a win-win for all parties.

“On the Glasdir scheme, through collaboration with Wynne Construction and architects Lovelock Mitchell, a completed construction design meant that the client’s performance specifications were agreed nine months prior to the start date.

“The time saved is critical for many organisations and we’re thrilled to be working with Wynne Construction on these four schools in North Wales.”

Wynne Construction is a leading construction company operating throughout North Wales, Mid Wales and the North West of England.

The firm regularly leads on projects in sectors including education, healthcare, and sport and leisure.

It was named the best SME construction company at the UK Constructing Excellence (CE) National awards in 2018.

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