A New Rural Economic Hub in Llandwrog, Gwynedd

Project categories: 
Community development
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Arad Research were commissioned in January 2017 to undertake a feasibility study to demonstrate the viability of establishing a Food Enterprise Zone at the Glynllifon campus of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, an educational college and one of several campus sites of the group across North West Wales. The Glynllifon campus offers courses in Agriculture, Animal care, Land-based engineering and Countryside Management.

The means have partnered with Arad in the next phase of the project to develop an outline masterplan for the proposed new Rural Economic Hub at Glynllifon, offering a range of facilities that strengthen the regional food and beverage sector.

September 2017 - April 2018
Project Description: 

Parc Glynllifon is a Grade I park managed by Gwynedd County Council and currently accommodates a range of different uses including the 200 year-old Glynllifon Mansion, commercial workshops, cafes, shops and further education agricultural and farming facilities. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is seeking to develop the potential of the Glynllifon campus, supporting rural economic development and creating jobs in North West Wales by nurturing innovation and business development. The research outcomes by Arad indicate strong support for a new food enterprise hub in Glynllifon.

The means ​worked closely with Arad Research in the development of the business case for the project by undertaking a detailed site analysis and options appraisal for an outline master plan for the scheme. The means continue to work closely with Arad in the next phase of the project and recently produced a set of design visuals for the project to help communicate the aspirations and the scale of the development, as well as encouraging local buy-in. It is proposed that the Rural Economy Hub would provide the following facilities:

• A Food Enterprise Park to include purpose-built food grade and practical ‘testing’ premises, supporting business start-ups.
• A Knowledge Centre to provide enterprise growth, higher education research and innovation and a skills centre.
• Move on accommodation to capitalise on inward investment opportunities and enabling tenants to continue to grow and remain on the site.

The Grŵp Llandrillo Menai are currently seeking partners and funding support for these early development plans and which are key next steps to enable the project to move forward.