Plans to Build New £20m Aberdare College Campus
Coleg y Cymoedd has submitted an outline planning application to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to build a new £20m campus in Aberdare town centre to replace its facility at Cwmdare. It intends to regenerate the 2.7-acre site close to the railway station to create the state-of-the-art centre serving around 1,000 learners. The submitted application details Coleg y Cymoedd’s intention to acquire two adjoining plots of disused council-owned land, located off Wellington Road, for the project.
The campus will incorporate industry-standard facilities for courses including information technology, science, health and social care, brickwork, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, sport, and hair and beauty. In addition, the plans will provide a range of social and leisure facilities for the local community and restore the town’s old railway station building, turning it into a bistro cafe for students, staff and the public. The proposed new campus will also incorporate sustainable building materials, energy-saving technology, solar panels and biomass boiler heating systems.
The planned development is the latest stage in the college’s ambitious programme to change the face of further education in RCT and Caerphilly. This has already included a £9m investment to modernise the college’s Ystrad Mynach campus and the creation of a £40m new campus at Nantgarw, which opened in September 2012.