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Anwyl Group take gold safety standard for eighth year running

The Anwyl Group has once again reaffirmed its commitment to sustaining the highest health & safety standards, having secured its eighth consecutive RoSPA Gold award.

Considered the ultimate achievement in health and safety standards, organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice.

Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants endeavour to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running Health & Safety industry awards. Gold medals are only presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over a number of consecutive years.

Tom Anwyl, Director of Health & Safety at Anwyl Group commented:

This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the huge efforts of the entire team in their shared commitment to ensuring safety remains our number one priority.
Achieving the Gold standard for eight consecutive year is truly outstanding. We have secured this under unusual and challenging conditions, during the pandemic, which makes this year’s award that extra bit special. Well done to everyone at Anwyl Partnerships and the wider Anwyl Group who made this happen!

The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations around the world, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said:

RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safe in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to help achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere. Currently, around 7million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s influence is even wider.

Anwyl boosts Ty Gobaith’s Easter egg appeal

Anwyl Group  has donated 90 Easter eggs to Tŷ Gobaith’s annual appeal, which sees the hospice turn the chocolate into cash to help fund the services it provides. They also give some of the Easter eggs to the brothers and sisters of children in the hospice when visiting.

Anwyl has been a long-standing supporter of Tŷ Gobaith/Hope House, regularly fundraising for the children’s hospices which are based in Conwy and Oswestry.

Currently celebrating its 90th anniversary, and with a year of special events and initiatives to mark the milestone, Anwyl wanted to support Tŷ Gobaith’s latest fundraising appeal and made the fitting donation of 90 Easter eggs.

Eluned M Yaxley, from Tŷ Gobaith, comments:

“Every week three local families face their biggest fear and their child dies. We at Tŷ Gobaith and Hope House cannot stop children dying. When they’re facing the most devastating loss of their lives we must be there. We must reach every child, mum, dad, sister and brother.

“As a charity we need an annual income of over £6.5 million to meet the needs of all who rely on us and almost all of this is raised voluntarily. We’re delighted to have been working with Anwyl for over 20 years as a charitable partnership and together with their generous support and enthusiasm and that of the wider community, we will ensure that no one suffers the loss of a child alone.

“The Easter eggs that have been donated by Anwyl will be used to raise money for the hospice and be given to the brothers and sisters of our children who visit us at Tŷ Gobaith.”

Claire Anwyl, marketing manager at Anwyl Homes, adds:

“For many years we have raised money for Tŷ Gobaith, supporting the excellent work they do with local families. With the company celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, we thought a donation of 90 Easter eggs was a suitable way to support the appeal.”

Established for 90 years, Anwyl Group has three divisions; Anwyl Homes, Anwyl Partnerships and Anwyl Land. With offices in North Wales and Lancashire, the family-run business is renowned for its thoughtful approach, bringing care and integrity to all aspects of every project in order to exceed expectations and ensure complete satisfaction for customers.

Celebrating apprentices on National Apprentice week!

This week Anwyl Group is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2020, a government lead initiative that aims to celebrate diversity in apprenticeships and the benefits they bring.

Apprenticeships have long played an important role across the Anwyl Group, through a retained commitment to the training and development of young people, coupled with the creation of sustainable employment opportunities.

Currently Anwyl Partnerships employ 13 apprentices across various parts of the organisation including skilled trades such as joinery, technical/design, site management and accounting. Whilst additionally encouraging and creating new apprenticeship opportunities amongst their supply chain partners, forming a large part of their commitment to local employment when delivering a project.

Ensuring that we have the right people, resources and skills to continue to deliver quality projects is vital to our business moving forward.

We recognise the importance of supporting young people who are keen to get into the world of work but still aspire to gain higher level qualifications. Providing apprenticeship opportunities allows these young people to explore a path to learning that successfully combines hands on, practical and classroom based learning.

Apprentices are incredibly important to so many businesses and organisations and this week gives us the opportunity to celebrate our own team and the wider initiative.”

– Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships explained.

Now in its 13th year, this year National Apprenticeship Week is promoting the theme, ‘Look Beyond’ which celebrates the diversity in apprenticeships today.

Adam Bragg is an apprentice based at the companies head quarters in Flintshire and is currently studying for his AAT level 2, ready to progress to level 3 later in 2020 with the view to complete the qualification in July 2022.

I joined Anwyl as an Accounts Apprentice following completing my work experience here last June. I’m really enjoying working and being part of the team whilst getting lots of experience and gaining my qualifications in this field. I hope my apprenticeship will set me up for a long lasting and successful career.”

– Adam Bragg, Accounts Apprentice at Anwyl Group.

‘Good Partnership’ with the Goodwash Co!

Anwyl Partnerships’ collaboration with Welsh Social Enterprise, the Goodwash Company, has realised a fantastic £1,000 charitable spend 12 months on.

The business opted to switch from a high street retailer at the end of 2018 to instead use the Goodwash co as its sole hand wash and lotion supplier. This first year of partnership as seen an annual spend of around £2,000, with all profits incurred being used to support two local charities.

The Goodwash Co specialises in the manufacturing and creation of luxury, natural skin care products underpinned by the ethos, ‘change the world, one wash at a time‘. Goodwash invest 100% of their profits into local projects which go towards improving the lives of those living in nearby communities.

Anwyl have opted for North Wales children’s hospice Ty Gobaith to receive 50% of the funding, whilst remaining funds have been projected into the Goodwash Foundation and used to support a local group for adults with learning difficulties, helping relaunch the weekly ‘Picasso club’ and football club.

We’re so pleased that we took the decision to switch to the Goodwash. One year on and we are able to really see the difference such a simple switch in something seemingly so minor in our business has made. This is a brilliant social enterprise that we are proud to support and we look forward to growing this partnership further, with some exciting ideas forming for the year ahead.”

– Natalie Palframan, Marketing & Community Engagement Executive at Anwyl Partnerships.

Thank you so much to Anwyl for their support, we very much look forward to building on the relationship further in 2020. The activities Anwyl are supporting really make so many people smile, their spends are making a massive difference.”

– Kelly Davies, Co-Founder of the Goodwash co.

Anwyl Partnerships on site at £3.5m affordable housing development

Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, has commenced construction at its latest affordable housing scheme on the site of the former Edelweiss Hotel in Colwyn Bay.

The former hotel was demolished, making way for re-development. Work is underway to create 31 apartments including 14 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom homes, helping to bridge the housing gap in the area.

ClwydAlyn acquired the site several years prior and appointed Anwyl Partnerships as its preferred construction partner, marking the 3rd project Anwyl is currently on site with for the social housing provider.

The carefully designed development sits on a 0.5 acre site replacing what the derelict hotel, which has been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour for many years since closure in 2009.

This development is going to be a fantastic edition to Colwyn Bay, providing a number of quality homes for local people. We are underway with construction work and are expected to achieve completion in September this year.”

– Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships.

Throughout the construction programme, we will be working closely with ClwydAlyn to ensure that the work we carry out will have a lasting and positive impact on the local community through the creation of new jobs and training opportunities whilst boosting the local economy through utilising a locally sourced supply chain.”

Added Tom.

Initial stages of masonry are now underway with construction works focusing on the ground floor of the new building. The scheme included extensive enabling works prior to commencement of construction, providing stability to the site and adjacent areas and protecting the nearby woodland and river. A rock face on the site perimeter was carefully excavated and crushed, the waste material from which was used as fill for a ‘green’ retaining wall around the site boundary.

This is an exciting development in the town that demonstrates our on-going commitment towards the regeneration of Colwyn Bay as well as Conwy county and the surrounding area.
The development also helps address the shortage of quality affordable housing in Conwy, and we’re delighted to see construction under way with the support of Conwy Council and the Welsh Government.”

– Craig Sparrow, ClwydAlyn’s Executive Director of Development.

Anwyl Partnerships team strengthened with key appointment

Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, continues to strengthen its growing team and has announced the key appointment of Jack McCabe as Land Manager.

Jack brings with him five years’ experience working as a land and commercial property Chartered Surveyor in Manchester, where his advisory role centred on the identification, acquisition, and disposal of land and property across the North West.

At Anwyl, Jack will be responsible for sourcing, acquiring, and delivering new immediate residential development opportunities across a range of family housing tenures including PRS, retirement living and extra care.

It’s great to be able to welcome Jack on board the Anwyl Partnerships team. Our growth strategy is at an exciting stage and Jacks appointment brings a unique insight and skill set that will undoubtedly benefit our business and our partners’’

– Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships commented.

Joining the Anwyl Partnerships business represents an excellent opportunity, at a time when the business is embarking on an incredibly ambitious growth strategy. The Partnerships Division is very acquisitive, dynamic and versatile, enabling us to unlock a range of development opportunities for our partners. I look forward to working with the Partnerships team, proactively identifying and securing immediate land opportunities.”

– Jack McCabe adds.

Record year for Anwyl Partnerships

Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of affordable housing, extra care and land and build development, has revealed its strongest annual performance to date, securing a forward order book of £50million.

In 2019, the division took the decision to rebrand becoming, ‘Anwyl Partnerships’ (formerly Anwyl Construction) in a move that reflects the company’s changing strategic direction and wider business model.

The year also saw Anwyl Partnerships begin work on site at several major projects across the North West and North Wales including schemes which have been developed under their new land led approach which sees the firm acquire land, secure planning and deliver the build, partnering with a registered housing provider.

The Partnerships team was strengthened with a series of appointments including Senior Land Manager, Sam Oliver, who now heads up the Land function within the division, whilst the construction team has also been bolstered with a number of key appointments.

On site, 10 apprenticeships positions were created, whilst a host of community engagement initiatives reaffirmed Anwyl Partnerships commitment to support local people in the areas in which it works.

This has been an exceptionally strong year for Anwyl Partnerships. We’ve invested considerable time and effort in developing a new business model that will drive the business forward in a very specific direction. We are now beginning see the strategy in action and I’m pleased to say we are achieving all of our objectives, expanding across the North West and both collaborating with our longstanding clients and forging new partnerships to deliver quality affordable homes.

There are so many incredibly exciting opportunities ahead in 2020 and I look forward to continuing to work with our highly experienced team to achieve the long term goals and aspirations.”

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships explained

Anwyl Partnerships submit plans for latest residential scheme

Anwyl Partnerships submits plans for its latest development off Greenheys Road, Wallasey, Wirral.

Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of affordable housing, extra care and land and build developments, is partnering with a local housing association to deliver the development, which will include 53 affordable modern retirement living apartments, set within extensive landscaped grounds and private gardens.

It’s great to be involved in the redevelopment of a prominent brownfield site so close to the heart of Wallasey, where the former and vacant NHS care home buildings will make way for 53 affordable modern fit for purpose retirement living apartments.

There is a clear identified need for this type of accommodation in Wallasey and once constructed it will free up existing affordable family housing stock as new residents move in from the local area. All of the apartments will be affordable and prioritised for local people and be delivered in conjunction with our housing association partner.

This development forms part of the company’s wider strategic direction and commitment in delivering land led partnership projects with our housing association partners in England and Wales. We continue to work with the Council to deliver an exceptional scheme and plan to be on site summer 2020.”

Explains Sam Oliver, Senior Land Manager at Anwyl Partnerships.

Anwyl Partnerships is already on site at Pensby, Wirral where a 21-apartment high quality extra care project is being developed for Magenta Living. This scheme is due for completion in early 2020.

Part of the Anwyl Group, Anwyl Partnerships leads the way in delivering high quality affordable housing and extra care, including ‘land and build’ developments, providing an end to end solution. Working in partnership with affordable housing providers and developers to deliver vibrant and sustainable communities throughout North West England and North Wales.

Housing boost as Rhyl regeneration gathers pace

Regeneration works at North Wales coastal town, Rhyl, is given a further boost as redevelopment of the former Grange Hotel site gets underway.

Anwyl Partnerships has been appointed to deliver a new over-55’s housing scheme for Wales & West Housing under a £5.1 million contract. The former Grange Hotel had been destroyed by fire over a decade ago, the site eventually cleared in 2017 having been condemned and left abandoned for a number of years since the damage occurred.

Located in a central position on East Parade, Rhyl, the four-storey single-block scheme includes 41 one and two-bedroom apartments for older people, providing much needed housing for this specific demographic.

The vital regeneration of Rhyl is now very much underway with various private and public sector organisations and businesses driving this forward. The redevelopment of landmark buildings such as the Grange, which are particularly prominent both in terms of location and size, form an integral part of these plans.

Work is now very much underway at the site and we are using our own team as well as local sub-contractors to carry out the works. We will also be working in partnership with Wales & West Housing to achieve specific employability outcomes and conduct a number of community-led initiatives that will enhance the area, leaving a positive lasting legacy. All enabling and groundworks on site are now finalised and construction of the new building’s steel frame is complete. Works are progressing very well.

– Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships

This is the first project to begin on site under Wales & West Housing’s 10-year Construction framework and is due for completion in January 2021.

The former Grange hotel site has been derelict for some time and we’re proud that Wales & West Housing is bringing such a prominent site on Rhyl’s seafront back into use. We are aiming to build 2500 new homes for Wales over the next five years and this development of 41 apartments will contribute a small amount towards this target – but with a big impact on the local area. There is a severe shortage of affordable housing in Denbighshire and these new apartments will provide much-needed high quality, warm, energy efficient homes for over 55s in the Rhyl area.

– Joanna Davoile, Director of Development for Wales & West Housing