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Jones Bros unveils new energy education centre.

RUTHIN-BASED civil engineering firm Jones Bros has completed work on a new pounds 1 million education centre.

First Minister Carwyn Jones officially opened ACE2 (Aberthaw Centre for Energy and Environment) at Aberthaw Power Station near Barry, this week.

The groundbreaking centre will provide an important new resource for schools and community groups delivering educational programmes linked to the National Curriculum.

The building, a structure made of steel, timber and glass with a striking central fin, is a departure from Jones Bros' usual line of business.

With its 270-strong workforce, the family-run firm is currently working on around 20 projects across the UK, specialising in highways and infrastructure; construction and improvements; energy projects including renewables; construction of waste management facilities and waste remediation projects; and flood and coastal protection projects.

These include the pounds 6.8m coastal defence scheme at Tywyn in Gwynedd and the construction of the pounds 35m Porthmadog bypass in a 50:50 joint venture partnership with Balfour Beatty.

Huw Jones, managing director of Jones Bros, said: "We are very proud to have played such a central role in the construction of ACE2, particularly as it is very different to the type of work we generally do.

"I'm sure that it will help to enrich the studies of many young people who visit the centre to learn more about energy and its impact on the environment."

Funded by RWE npower, the new facility features a 15 metre high fin symbolising the links between the building and its setting.

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Carwyn Jones (left) with Phil Allen, Huw Jones and Kevin Nix at the new education centre
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2011
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