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Student site visit supports careers in construction

Anwyl team members at the Harpers Road extra care scheme in Warrington has hosted a site visit for Coleg Cambria HNC Business Studies students.

As part of the visit, the group of 16 students were able to see first-hand how a large scale development is managed and constructed, learning about the construction of a building from substructure to roof. The students underwent a full site induction, enjoyed a tour of the site and took part in a lean collaborative planning lesson, alongside a Q & A session with the team.

It’s really important that we support our local schools and colleges and encourage young people to consider and explore a potential career in construction. Visiting a live site gives a true insight into how a construction project is delivered, the complexities, opportunities and challenges.

The business studies group from Coleg Cambria where incredibly enthusiastic, keen to get involved and ask interesting and insightful questions.

– Kim Curtis, Anwyl Partnerships

It was a pleasure to take one of my HNC level four groups to Harpers Road. The Anwyl team accommodated the group expertly, which enabled the class to see how a large scale residential development is managed. It’s not often our students can experience a live site of this size, it has been truly beneficial to their studies.

– Matty Owen, part of the HE & Technical Construction team at Coleg Cambria

Work at Harpers Road has just met the critical milestone of completion of roof works, enabling work to begin on the internal fit out.

Construction division of Anwyl Group announce rebrand as ambitious five year plan is revealed

The Construction division of Anwyl Group has announced its decision to rebrand as, ‘Anwyl Partnerships’, under a significant move that reflects the company’s changing strategic direction and wider business model.

Anwyl Partnerships has also revealed plans to vastly increase turnover as a result of its recently secured pipeline of work, delivering an estimated 500 affordable homes per annum across the North West and North Wales within the division alone. These plans will see the creation of approximately 20 new jobs, whilst enabling expansion of their existing supply chain.

Our business model has evolved, where we were once recognised as solely a construction company delivering schemes with our long established clients, we have grown to become a developer where we can provide an ‘end to end’ solution; sourcing land and securing planning permission before taking it to construction with our Partners. This further adds value to what we can bring to our existing procurement frameworks.

The term ‘Partnering’ is incredibly important to us. Not only do we want to partner with clients but also with our supply chain, professional partners and more. This wider vision and ethos fits perfectly with our ‘thoughtful building’ approach.

Our team are paramount to driving this change and expansion of our business. We remain focussed on retaining the values and aspirations of the people within the organisation as we expand, whilst also placing importance on recruiting for the next generation in construction.”

Explained Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships

Undoubtedly we have traditionally been recognised as a North Wales based firm and we are proud to have collaborated with many of the housing associations to provide much-needed high quality affordable living accommodation and extra-care facilities across the region. Now the time is right to roll this model out across the North West and partner with other housing associations and developers who are able to adopt this approach to help support and address their wider housing needs.”

Continues Tom.

Anwyl Partnerships forms part of the Anwyl Group. Established almost 90 years ago as a joinery contractor, the family-owned and managed Anwyl Group has gone from strength-to-strength over recent years cementing its position as one of North Wales and the North West’s fastest growing, privately owned land, construction and housebuilding companies.

Anwyl Construction fly the flag for Wales in national house building awards

Anwyl Construction are celebrating, having seen its flagship extra care scheme, Llys Raddington, recognised as Highly Commended in the Best Regeneration Initiative category at the national House Builder Awards.

The firm was the only Welsh housebuilder to make the shortlist with a project situated in Wales in the prestigious awards, which were held at a glittering ceremony in London, with comedian Dara O’Briain acting as host. Considered the most coveted awards in the industry, recognising innovation and excellence, the Housebuilder Awards are led by Housebuilder magazine and the Home Builders Federation (HBF), in partnership with NHBC.

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction commented:

It’s fantastic to see our scheme recognised at this important event. Our focus on regeneration sits at the heart of the Anwyl family business, and Llys Raddington supports the wider ongoing redevelopment of the area, whilst presenting additional housing choices for older people, and those affected by dementia within Flintshire.

Out of all that made the shortlist, our Llys Raddington was the only project to be featured from the whole of Wales, which makes this accolade that little bit extra special. We’re proud to be able to help put Wales on the map within our sector and will continue to strive to deliver quality homes for local people under a partnering and thoughtful building ethos.

Llys Raddington in Flintshire is now fully occupied and includes 73 extra care apartments, 15 of which have been specifically dedicated to dementia care for ClwydAlyn.

A representative from the House Builder awards added:

Success in these prestigious awards will enhance a company’s reputation in the eyes of customers, the government, the Homes and Communities Agency and local authorities. With the planning system encouraging communities to have more say on who builds what in their area, tangible demonstrations of housebuilding excellence and quality are more important than ever. A Housebuilder Award undoubtedly provides that.

£11.3m Harpers Road Extra Care project meets watertight deadline

A large-scale extra care development in Warrington, currently being built by Anwyl Construction for North West housing group, Torus, has met the critical water tight stage.

Harpers Green Retirement Living on Harpers Road, Warrington, sits on the site of the former Bayleaf restaurant site and was the first of Anwyl Construction’s projects located in the North West to be secured.

Comprising 97-one and two bedroom apartments, the project will be the largest extra care scheme delivered by Anwyl to date. Set across four-storey’s, the 10,000 square metre site also includes a central feature courtyard and a host of internal and external communal facilities including a bistro, hair salon and a community bowling green.

Bill Lacey, Director of Development and Sales at Torus, said:

Working in conjunction with our partners, Anwyl Construction, we are very excited at the prospect of our extra care scheme at Harpers Road coming to completion. This is a flagship scheme for Torus, located in one of our ‘heartland areas’, Warrington. This scheme will have state of the art facilities that will provide a special place for people to live in and will prove to be a welcome addition to Torus’ offer for elderly people in Warrington.

The project marks the first scheme procured under the JV North Framework and is the 8th extra care scheme that Anwyl Construction has carried out .

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction commented:

We have amassed a huge scope of knowledge and experience in the niche extra care sector, and are applying this understanding at the Harpers Green development. This is a fantastic project that will provide an alternative housing and lifestyle choice to older people as they continue to mature. This project is the perfect example of what the extra care model represents and how it is able to bridge that much needed gap between independent living and the option for care as needs change over time.

He added:

Construction work at the site is progressing as expected and we’re at a really exciting stage where the superstructure is in place and ready for internal fit out to begin.

The Harpers Green scheme is due for completion in May 2020.

Growth strategy steps up in the Construction Division

Anwyl Construction continues to strengthen its thriving development and construction business, announcing a series of appointments across the division.

New recruits include Senior Land Manager, Sam Oliver. Sam heads up the Land & Partnerships acquisition function to secure immediate land opportunities for mixed tenure and affordable family housing, PRS, extra care and retirement living developments across North West England and North Wales.

Sam’s appointment forms an important part of Anwyl’s strategic development, which complements the company’s well-established partnership with housing associations through procurement frameworks.

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction explained:

Sam has a huge amount of experience in the planning and development sector, including a role within planning consultancy and regional government. His understanding of this arena will be hugely important as we push on with our collaborative approach with social housing providers, creating quality and affordable homes for local people.

Other appointments include; Contracts Manager, Bob Heaton; Quantity Surveyor, Jack Donald; Design Co-ordinator, Simon Maxwell; and Architectural Technologist, Kevin Shone; as well as trainee Design Assistant and trainee QS, Megan Hughes and Calvin Fitzsimmons respectively.

On site, Anwyl has also welcomed four new Site Managers and continues to invest in new entrants into the sector, with the recent appointment of two new apprentices within their in-house joinery workshop, whilst continuing to encourage and support its supply chain to create more sustainable apprenticeship/trainee positions.

Tom continued:

We’ve made some fantastic appointments across the business in several departments and are attracting some very impressive talent. It’s important that we have the resources and people in place to be able to manage a growing operation, whilst supporting internal career progression through training and promotion. Now is a very exciting time for the business as we continue to partner with more social housing providers, delivering a complete turnkey solution and creating more quality homes within the North West and North Wales.

Success at LABC Awards for Anwyl Construction

Anwyl Construction has been revealed as the winner of the Best Inclusive Building at the all-Wales Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards.

The Flintshire-based business scooped the award for its pioneering work at the Llys Raddington Extra Care development in Flint for social housing provider, ClwydAlyn, under the ‘Best Inclusive Building’ category.

The scheme had formerly been announced as the winner in the North Wales finals and has now taken the top spot within the whole of Wales. Anwyl will now proceed to the national LABC finals which are being held in London this November.

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction commented:

It’s fantastic to see one of our schemes, as well as our wider approach to building and development, recognised at these important industry awards. Our specialist work within the extra care sector is integral to our business and we have honed and developed a considerable degree of knowledge, experience and understanding of this specific area of the housing industry.

‘Llys Raddington was developed in partnership with ClwydAlyn, Flintshire County Council and Welsh Government to create quality, comfortable and suitable homes for older people who’s needs my change through time, as well as those affected by dementia. We utilised a range of innovative technologies and applied a detailed design approach as part of an ‘age in place’ ethos, whilst careful consideration was given during the development of the dementia care homes. We’re incredibly proud of our work and our business and appreciate this formal recognition by LABC.

The Inclusive Building award focusses on schemes that have gone beyond minimum design standards to ensure that the highest standards of inclusive design have been achieved, avoiding segregation and barriers to access and inclusion.

The Llys Raddington project was built for ClwydAlyn in partnership with Flintshire County Council and Welsh Government. The building has regenerated a former 1960’s maisonette site which was no longer fit for purpose in Flint town centre, and now provides 73 apartments, with 15 specially adapted for people living with dementia.

The building provides a unique solution to independent living with access to 24-hour care, along with creating a sense of community for the residents through the addition of communal areas including; lounge area and social club, sun lounge room, external landscaped court yard and a bistro-style restaurant.

Craig Sparrow, Executive Director of Development at ClwydAlyn added:

Llys Raddington is an excellent example of how partnership working can create high-quality homes to a specific design brief. It has helped to transform not just the lives of those living there and the lives of their family members, but has also made a major contribution to the regeneration of the wider area.

Regeneration of derelict site is underway

Anwyl Construction is set to deliver another partnered development, kickstarting construction at its latest affordable housing project.

Work is set to begin at the £3.5million regeneration of the former Boars Head pub in Ewloe, Flintshire, for social housing provider, ClwydAlyn.

Anwyl Construction negotiated a full turnkey package solution with ClwydAlyn, comprising acquisition of land, securing planning permission and carrying out all construction works. Together the two organisations have been able to identify specific housing needs and plan projects around defining factors including age, care provision and location.

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction explained:

Our partnered approach to development is working incredibly well and we are finding that social housing providers are particularly receptive to this. There is a major housing shortfall, coupled with a lack of land acquisition and funding, and this model essentially plugs that gap.

Demolition of the former pub took place several months ago, followed by enabling works in preparation for construction work to start imminently. The development includes 28 one and two bedroom apartments for over 55’s as well as three houses for families.

The former Boars Head public house had lain empty for several years and had become an eyesore for local people. The regeneration of the site has been welcomed, with much anticipation to see the development come to completion in late Autumn 2020.

Tom Anwyl continued:

At the heart of our partnered approach is a vision to provide quality social and affordable housing within our local communities. This scheme will add an alternative solution amongst the local housing landscape, offering over 55’s and families a fantastic place to live.

Craig Sparrow, Executive Director of Development for ClwydAlyn added:

We are delighted to be involved with this exciting project and have worked so closely with Anwyl Construction to secure this opportunity. Local people have fond memories of the former pub and the happy times it no doubt provided. We do though hope that the creation of such a quality development for a mix of ages will provide more happy memories long into the future.

He continued:

Bringing back into use land which is ‘brown field’ is crucial to providing the numbers of new homes Wales badly needs and we at ClwydAlyn are pleased to be part of this approach.

Planning permission secured at former Albion Hotel

A partnership between Anwyl Construction and housing provider ClwydAlyn, is underway to create 30 high quality older person living apartments.

The new development is situated on the former Albion hotel and social club site in Connah’s Quay, North Wales and is set to regenerate the unsafe site which was fast-becoming a target for anti-social behaviour.

Anwyl Construction negotiated a full turnkey package solution, comprising acquisition of land, securing planning permission and carrying out all construction works, as part of a £3.1m contract. The one and two-bedroom apartments are designed in accordance with Welsh DQR Guidelines and will provide much needed accommodation for this specific demographic.

This project forms part of ClwydAlyn’s large scale development investment plans across the region providing a wide-range of affordable housing solutions, addressing the wider issues surrounding a local and national homes shortage.

Planning has now been secured and demolition of the existing building is underway. This will be followed by site clearance and enabling works in preparation to start construction work, which is programmed to complete in September 2020. Once complete, the apartments will showcase contemporary and subtle design to ensure it is in-keeping with it’s existing surroundings, and compliments the neighbouring listed building, St Marks Church.

Anwyl Construction will use its directly employed team, as well as a trusted and established local supply chain, to deliver the scheme.

Craig Sparrow, Executive Director of ClwydAlyn said:

We are delighted to be working with Anwyl on this important development which will benefit the local area for generations to come.

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction explained:

This is a positive and exciting scheme for many reasons. Not only are we regenerating an abandoned site that has become an eyesore for the local community, but we are creating a high number of quality homes for local people.

We are also supporting and sustaining local employment, working with our own team as well as local suppliers over the course of the project. We will be working with our supply chain partners to encourage the recruitment of local people into newly created vacancies and apprenticeships to enhance employment opportunities in the local area, which in-turn will boost the local economy.

He added:

This is one of the first schemes that we have developed under our new ‘turnkey’ approach where we partner with a housing provider to identify a site, acquire the land, secure planning and deliver the build. In effect, we are able to present a complete package and solution to registered housing providers, supporting them in the often complex and challenging route to delivering new homes.

We see this approach as the future for Anwyl Construction and look forward to rolling this model out across Wales and the North West of England, collaborating with other housing providers.

The development is funded by Welsh Government Social Housing Grant, secured in partnership with Flintshire County Council and by private investment from ClwydAlyn Housing Ltd.

Anwyl Construction gets a ‘kick’ out of supporting local football club

Holywell Football in the Community Officially Opens its doors to education & training with help from Anwyl Construction.

David Hanson, MP has been to officially open the new alternative education and training facilities at Holywell Town Football Club.

Anwyl Construction has partnered with Holywell Town FC and the National Lottery Community Fund Wales to help create a youth education and training empire for people living in Holywell and the wider Flintshire area.

Anwyl’s partnership with the club first emerged in 2016 when plans to build two major developments situated in Holywell, nearby to the club grounds for Welsh Housing Provider; Wales & West Housing, in partnership with Flintshire County Council started to take shape.

Anwyl donated, transported and installed two former sales office cabins at the club. Drainage improvement works to the pitch were also completed along with works to spectator walkways and stands, to help toward achieving the clubs Welsh FA’s tier system aspirations for their ground. Following the commencement of works to Plas Yr Ywen, a 55 apartment Extra Care scheme on the former Perth y Terfyn school site on Halkyn Road in Holywell, which is due to complete early 2020 – a third cabin surplus from the school site clearance was donated.

The installation of Broadband to the football ground site and assistance in connection throughout the ground was also facilitated by Anwyl.

‘Anwyl Suite’ at Holywell FC

The club successfully applied for a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund Wales which was used to purchase essential office and technological equipment as well as the installation of electricity within the cabins. The cabins now create revenue for the club, housing two local businesses Monday-Friday, and an alternative education training suite created by a team of staff and volunteers at Holywell Town FC.

The facilities which have been put in place have created many positive outcomes for the club and the local community alike, including: The creation of 5 new jobs for local people, the launch of an alternative education scheme for local children who struggle with maintaining regular school attendance, provision of youth training and qualifications, apprenticeship referral programme, a work ready volunteering programme via local Social Enterprise KIM4HIM, and the housing of a Men’s Shed and DIY club, supporting males with their mental health.

A young person currently studying at the alternative education facility has said:

I am now doing something I love and passing my qualifications at the same time

Simon Rose, Senior Construction Manager at Anwyl Construction, and the driving force behind the partnership has commented:

We’re astonished at what the simple donation of some surplus units have done here in Holywell. It has unlocked access to training, apprenticeships and qualifications for young people who would other-wise struggle to obtain them. This training system and getting people into work goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to thoughtful building and our commitment of supporting the communities in which we work, we have been able to accept referrals from the clubs education programme to fill work experience opportunities and apprenticeship vacancies on the Extra Care site, which involves our supply chain too.

The opening event was hosted by Anwyl Construction and Holywell Town FC members, and welcomed local Flintshire County Council Councillors, including the Mayor of Holywell Town Council, along with Hannah Blythyn AM and David Hanson MP who had the pleasure of opening the ‘Anwyl Suite’ and training facilities.

David Hanson MP said:

I want to say thank you to Holywell Town Football club, all the volunteers & funding partners. What you are doing here is helping people in the community to have the club at the centre of their lives, to help turn lives around by getting people involved in education, to help improve skills and doing it with the support of businesses and organisations from the local community. It’s just fantastic.

In addition to all of the wonderful educational outcomes, the improvements made to the pitch has allowed increased training provision and new teams to be formed; volunteers from Aura Leisure in Flintshire have engaged with over 1600 local girls, working with a number of these at training sessions each week, which has in turn formed 3 North Wales league girls football teams and other junior teams. Other areas of impact include UEFA coaching qualifications and some members of the girls’ teams are due to embark on level 1 coaching training.

Sean Elliott, Club Chairman said:

Over several years supporting the club, Anwyl have made a massive contribution to enabling the club to develop the ground into a true community facility. It’s superb to see the facilities being put to such important educational use.