First Minister to open £1m accommodation block
3:46pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
FIRST Minister Carwyn Jones will officially open a new £1 million accommodation block at Llangrannog Urdd Residential Centre on Thursday.
There will be 128 beds in the new block, bringing the total that can stay at the residential centre to 520. The new facility replaces the old wood cabins, Hendre and Gelli, built in the early 1980s.
The First Minister said: “The future of the Welsh language ultimately lies in the hands of our young people and we need to make sure they have plenty of opportunity to use their Welsh outside of the classroom so that they are confident to use it everyday.
“The residential centres the Urdd have across Wales are supporting this aim, by providing opportunities for young people to develop skills, socialise and enjoy themselves in supportive surroundings, all through the medium of Welsh.
“I am delighted that with Welsh Government support, Llangrannog has been able to extend its residential centre, allowing more young people to enjoy using the language in relaxed and modern surroundings.”
The Urdd received a grant of £364,370 towards the project through the Rural Development Plan 2007 – 2013, funded by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
After an open tender process, local architects B3 from Aberystwyth were appointed to design and manage the development, with W B Griffiths from Haverfordwest working as the main contractors.
Steff Jenkins, centre director said: “We feel very privileged to have the First Minister here with us to officially open our new accommodation block, which is a great asset to the centre. The block has a total of 24 en-suite rooms, including eight twin rooms which will enable us to target adults as well as our usual groups of young people."