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Llysfasi Community Hub
Coleg Cambria

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Project name: Llysfasi Community Hub, Coleg Cambria

Scope of Works: New build

Location: Ruthin, Denbighshire

Contract: JCT D&B 2016

Value: £1,200,000

Duration: 36 weeks

Client: Coleg Cambria


New build community hub, providing a central hub that can facilitate a variety of services in a single setting.

Joint funded by the Welsh Government and Coleg Cambria, the new build Community Hub project provides a central hub that can facilitate a variety of services in a single setting. The two-storey facility includes IT and multimedia suites, workshops, classrooms, breakout spaces, meeting rooms and offices which will deliver bilingual, family and community-focused services.

Delivered as a BIM Level 2 compliant project, this scheme benefited from digital optioneering and buildability reviews within the modelled data environment.

With clash management at the heart of this process, we modelled design information and used software intelligently to interrogate the design. This facilitated the team in working collaboratively to identify issues long before they reached site, adding certainty to the cost and programme. All elements with a service or maintenance requirement had site information captured and fed back into the Revit model to produce an Asset Information Model with meaningful operational and maintenance data embedded within it.


Dedicated to delivering maximum local value, Read promoted local labour and business opportunities on the project. A programme of social value outputs were identified, targeted and delivered with the schemes achieving 100% of the targets.

Read met the client’s aspiration for a sustainable building that incorporated low maintenance, simple operation and low carbon, energy efficient operation through the incorporation of air source heat pump, roof mounted PV and optimised building orientation and building fabric.

The passive design principles focused on well insulated, thermally robust external envelope with minimal air leakage, combined with an efficient heating and ventilation strategy. This approach delivered excellent user comfort and indoor air quality through a low energy solution.

What was said ...
  • Graham Evans, Head of Estates - Coleg Cambria

    Throughout the pre-construction period, Darren and Gareth worked collaboratively with the client team and their designers to develop the design, secure planning and agree the contract sum. Read’s CDE platform, BIM 360 Docs was utilised to share design proposals in real time, with approval workflows setup to notify us of approval requirements in line with sign off gateways.

    Their 2D and 3D presentation of design information through the CDE has enabled easy interpretation of their proposals, which have been developed alongside the Contract Sum Analysis to arrive at a substantiated, on budget contract sum.

    Throughout the pre-construction phase, Read have been open, collaborative and have aligned with our needs in terms of robust and uncomplicated BIM outputs.

  • Glyn Roberts, Director – Robert Bayliss Associates

    Very pleased with Read Construction on this project. The difficulties they faced with COVID-19 did not detract from their overall performance.

  • Matthew Gregory, Director – TACP Architects

    Embracing BIM technologies has enabled the team to fully integrate their designs, produce coordinate federated models and undertake clash detection resulting in zero clashes on site. The client has benefited from useful output data and access to an immersive model to fully appreciate the design during development stage.

  • Louise Duff, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology – Glyndwr University

    Thank you very much for your time and enthusiasm on Thursday. The students were very grateful for the opportunity to quiz you about your daily life on a construction site and commented on how organised and content everyone on the site appeared to be.  We don’t see that on every site we visit.

    Thanks once again for taking the time to talk the students through some of the initiatives such as the CCS and BREAM and allowing them to look over some of the important main and sub- contractor paperwork which is a requirement on schemes such as these.

    Opportunities to visit previous students managing construction sites like this one are invaluable to the degree provision and I am very grateful to Read Construction and yourself for providing this opportunity.

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