North West Wales

Wind shuts £20m assembly government office in Llandudno

Welsh Assembly Government offices in Llandudno Junction
Image caption The £20m block in Llandudno Junction is the third Welsh Assembly Government office outside Cardiff

The Welsh Assembly Government's new £20m building at Llandudno Junction has been closed and all staff sent home after high winds caused damage.

A spokesman said the decision to close the office was taken to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. It is expected to reopen on Tuesday.

Contractors will assess the damage after metal sheeting from ducting on the roof was "dislodged".

The office was opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones last September.

The Llandudno Junction office can accommodate 650 staff, and is part of a commitment to spread civil service jobs across Wales.

Llandudno Junction is the third assembly government office outside Cardiff. Offices in Merthyr Tydfil opened in 2006 and Aberystwyth in 2009.

It was built to house the economic and transport departments, education and lifelong learning, and regional communication teams.

The Welsh Assembly Government spokesperson said the decision to close was taken early on Monday morning when many staff had not yet arrived.

"Every effort was made to contact staff so they did not travel in," said the spokesperson.

"Many staff are able to work through the use of laptops and Blackberrys while not in the office. The office has around 400 staff but they would not all have been present this morning. We expect the office to be open tomorrow."

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