Visitors to Chirk Bunkhouse are in for a treat following a major upgrade.

The building, which opened in 2000, is a popular resting place for organisations and provides bunks and shelter to a number of users including Scout and Guide groups, canoeists, walkers, Duke of Edinburgh and others.

But after nearly 20 years of use Lôn y Bugail Trust, who manage the facility on Shepherd’s Lane in Chirk, decided their facilities were in need of an upgrade and contacted us to see if we could help.

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We put them in touch with Mitie, a company that carries out work on some of our empty properties.

The works moved forward thanks to our Community Benefit Scheme, which sees our contractors contributing to the communities in which they may have worked.

Mitie were happy to rise to the challenge and funded the works to upgrade the kitchen and sitting area. These works were undertaken by ParkCity.

There’s also been community engagement from Kronospan who donated the laminate flooring for a sitting area and one of the bunk rooms.

The work in the kitchen includes new flooring and wall units, double drainer sink, wash basins, worktops, cooker hood and extractor.

To make sure the whole Bunkhouse had a complete refurb look, The Trust paid for work to improve the bunk rooms, meeting hall, toilets, showers and foyer.

Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Housing, said: “We’re always very grateful to our contractors for taking part in community benefit work, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their work in renovating the facilities at Chirk Bunkhouse.”

Cllr Terry Evans, local member for Chirk South and Chairman of the Trust, said: “The Bunkhouse has been in need of refurbishment some time – myself and the trustees are very pleased that the work to the kitchen and sitting area has been completed, and we are grateful to everyone involved in this project.

“We’re also very pleased that we’ve been able to undertake a number of other works which have helped improve the standard of the Bunkhouse overall, and that will improve our offer to visitors as a place to stay when visiting this part of Wales.

“Thanks should also go to our Commissioning and Contracts team who have made sure that this request for community work to be undertaken was matched up with the right contractor.”

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