26 January 2012
WYG has been appointed on a multi-million pound new sailing academy and events centre in Pwllheli, North Wales, which will open up tourism and help boost the local economy.
Gwynedd Council has brought award-winning multi-disciplinary consultant WYG onboard to be a part of developing the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, which will provide for national and international sailing events.
Funded by the Welsh Government, through the European Regional Development Fund, and Gwynedd Council, the plans include a new Academy building on Glan Don Peninsula which WYG will be providing engineering specialist design and support. The new building includes changing rooms, meeting, lecture and training rooms and a restaurant and bar.
Lee Brooks, Regional Director, WYG said: “It is great to be a part of this new iconic national sailing and events centre that will bring economic benefit to the area, help support the maritime identity of the town, enable educational opportunity and promote the Welsh identity.
“This is our first project with Gwynedd Council and we are looking forward to establishing a strong relationship and continue growing our portfolio within the sector, building on the success of our recent work our of our Southampton office on the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.”
Llyr Jones, Senior Manager Economy and Community, Gwynedd Council: “This is a truly exciting project for Pwllheli – it is already one of the top sailing venues in the British Isles which hosts a number of high-profile national and international sailing events and regattas.
"This flagship development will enable Pwllheli to attract bigger and more frequent races and competitions to the area. Along with the economic boost, the development will also provide local people, and children especially, the opportunity to take part in water sports. This in turn will lead to more of our young people developing careers in the local outdoor activities sector. We look forward to seeing work get underway on site later this year, and hope the project will be completed by the end of 2013.”
The new academy will cater for the demand for higher quality facilities required at Pwllheli and responds to concept proposals prepared by Marina Projects in 2008. It is anticipated these proposals will be developed over the coming months in consultation with users and the community.
Image caption: A CGI of the new Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in Pwllheli, North Wales