Groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday to kick-off the construction of a multi-million-pound project in Wrexham University

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Groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday. (February 22) to kick-off the construction of a multi-million-pound project in Wrexham University . Wrexham’s Member of Parliament Fay Jones M.P, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and Rebecca Evans M.S Minister for Finance and Local Government as well were in attendance at Wrexham University’s Coch Campus, situated in Wrexham, and consumed the occasion were leaders from the University, Ambition North Wales and Wynne Construction.

They flared out droplets that actually represented the occasion of the commencement of construction on the building site of the new EEOC.

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The EEOC is going to be implemented in two of the universities locations – the Plas Coch campus in Wrexham and the OpTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph campus. Growth Deal funding, addressed by Ambition North Wales, will cover ₤11.55m. This amount is part of the project worth. The new build is a pioneering venture, which will provide a hub for specialists in research and development, collaboration between businesses and skilling in the optics, photonics and composites as lightweight alternatives in manufacturing processes, offering regional manufacturing firms assistance in the area of sustainability, thus lowering the environmental impact of their products and processes.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Lead Member for the Innovation in High Value Manufacturing programmeand Chair of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, said: The North Wales Growth Deal is a major breakthrough for us. This is the first construction project for us and is designed as a zero-carbon, nature-enriching building – the first one to implement sustainability targets. It shows that if we work together towards one purpose and share our strengths and weaknesses, then we can be successful in what we do. For sure, we will have economic development, investment, jobs and training that will all contribute to our vision for a smart, connected and sustainable region.

Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Vice-Chancellor at Wrexham University, said: “The breaking of the ground to signify the commencement of work on the innovative Enterprise Engineering and Optics Centre is a very proud day for us all at the University – so I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the colleagues for their hard work in bringing the project to this point.

“The realization of this game-changer would not be possible without the financial support from the Growth Deal investment of North Wales.”

“We also feel happy that this project will be delivered by Wynne Construction. We are confident that the Centre will be designed in a way that is of a high-standard in terms of functionality and design and at the same time, it will be capable of significant carbon emission reductions whilst at the same time, delivering lots of social value to North Wales.”

Richard Day, Professor of Composites Engineering and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at Wrexham University, said: “The Enterprise Engineering and Optics Centre will grant our students, staff, and industry partners access to the advanced research, business cooperation, and competencies development in optics, photonics, and composites as lightweight alternatives to manufacturing.”

“It will be a specialist centre to which we will refer for the development and implementation of the future curriculum engineering of our university in Wrexham.”

Chris Wynne, managing director, Wynne Construction, said: “It is a pleasure to be part of this dynamic university building project. We are looking forward to bringing our contribution and working with the university team and partners to ensure that the building will be of a superior quality and leave a legacy for Wrexham and the North Wales area.”

Fay Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, said: “I was very pleased when I went to Wrexham to watch the beginning of this wonderful project.

The brand-new Enterprise Engineering and Optics Centre looks to be the ideal place for Wrexham University and their collaborating industries.

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