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Rocking ‘n’ Rolling raising vital funds for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

On Sunday 20th May 10 runners from our construction team took part in the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in aid of the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. It was a fantastic day and our team had fun supporting the runners completing their challenge.

We selected The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as our chosen charity to show our appreciation for the care and support work shown in treating our Senior Planner Russell Hay last summer.

The charity relies on donations and fund raising to deliver their highly valued and much needed care to people throughout the Wirral, North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire. If you wish to support the runners, you can still sponsor them via our ‘Just Giving’ web page: Any donation, however large or small will be greatly appreciated.

We are absolutely blown away by how much money you have raised for Clatterbridge, and we really are so grateful. Your donations have made a huge impact to the lives of our patients and their families.

Michael Westcott
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

LABC Building Excellence Awards success

We had a night of success on Friday evening at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards, receiving our two County Awards for Best Social Housing Development in both Flintshire and Denbighshire and being announced as the winners of the Regional North Wales Building Excellence Award for Best Social Housing Development. To top off a great night, Andy Adamson, Site Manager received Highly Commended status for the LABC Warranty Site Manager Award for Llangefni Extra Care development.

Maes Helyg, our £2.4 million development for the Pennaf Housing Group at Welsh Road, Garden City won the County award for Flintshire. The new development is an affordable homes scheme consisting of 6-one bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments which was completed in time to house local people for Christmas 2017. As well as being presented with the County Award, the development was also the winner of the Regional award in the Best Social Housing Development category.

The award for Best Social/Affordable Development in Denbighshire was won by our £1.7m Afallon development in Abbey Street in the heart of Rhyl’s West End. The scheme was built for The West Rhyl Housing Co-operative, Wales’s first urban rental housing co-operative, formed by North Wales Housing and West Rhyl Community Land Trust.

Anwyl Site Manager, Andy Adamson was shortlisted for the Warranty Site Manager Award for his site at Llangefni Extra Care. LABC Warranty works with over 3000 sites nationally and are only able to recognise a small number of Site Managers at these awards so we were delighted that Andy received Highly Commended Status recognising his dedication and commitment to delivering a quality site.

Mike Swatton, LABC Warranty Business Development Director and Head Judge commented:

“The standard of qualifiers across the board has been exceptional, once again raising the bar for construction standards”.

Residents of Tir Glas meet with Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration

Residents of the £8.2m Tir Glas housing development in Greenfield, which consists of 58 affordable homes, met with Wales’ Minister for Housing and Regeneration as they marked a year since moving in.

Rebecca Evans visited the new development for Wales & West Housing in Greenfield to see how residents had been settling in since it opened in January 2017. The estate features the 3000th home provided by Wales & West Housing in North Wales and contains 44 houses and 14 apartments.

Wales & West Housing provided £3.6m funding towards the cost and £4.6m funding for the mix of one, two, three and four bed family homes at Tir Glas came from Welsh Government Social Housing Grant.

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans said:

“We invest in new affordable homes through our Social Housing Grant to help meet our ambitious target of 20,000 new affordable homes, and because it helps to boost the local economy, creating jobs and apprenticeships.

“It was fantastic to meet everyone involved in Tir Glas, including the residents who told me how pleased they are with their homes.”

Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing, said: “Tir Glas is a landmark development for us in the region and built upon the same vision that we had for all of our existing homes in North Wales.

“We are committed to providing affordable housing to areas which are in most need and worked in partnership with the Welsh Government, Flintshire County Council and Anwyl Construction to deliver the scheme.

“It’s vital that we do so sustainably and 94% of spend on the project was with businesses in Wales, delivering significant economic benefits and creating employment opportunities.

“Many of the residents at Tir Glas have lived on the estate since it opened and we’re delighted that Rebecca took time out to meet some of them.”

Anwyl Construction Director Tom Anwyl said: “It is always a pleasure to see a site which we have developed completed successfully with families moving into their new homes.

“Tir Glas is the latest partnership between us and Wales & West Housing for whom we have worked over several years and on a number of major projects.

“Their commitment to building new homes in North Wales gave a lifeline to the construction industry in the area and together we have won awards for several of their developments.

“That partnership has enabled us and our sub-contractors to provide apprenticeships across a range of skills and establish local supply chains so that the communities where we operate benefit from these important contracts.”

Partnership with leading social housing provider creates over 20 apprenticeships

Our partnership with The Pennaf Housing Group has helped create over 20 apprenticeships across two state-of-the-art extra care housing schemes worth £17 million at Llangefni, on Anglesey, and Flint in Flintshire. Both projects are major boosts for local employment and supply chains and for apprenticeships to help plug the skills gap in the construction industry.

At Hafan Cefni, Llangefni, there are currently six apprentices learning their trades at the development, which will provide 63 independent living apartments as it nears its July completion date.

Simon Rose, Anwyl Construction Commercial Manager, said: “It’s very important to us that the communities where we operate benefit from the investment that goes into important developments like this. One of the enduring ways that can happen is by creating apprenticeships which give a career path to young people from the local area and at the same time help create a skilled workforce which is vital for companies like us. It means we can continue to compete for major contracts like this right across North and Mid Wales and the North West and we are very proud of the fact that 20 per cent of our current workforce of 182 began their careers with us as apprentices.”

Four of the apprentices on the Hafan Cefni site, from Anglesey and Bangor, are working with plastering contractors Ombler Williams of Llandudno, and two with A J Field Electrical and Mechanical from Sandycroft, in Flintshire.

Jeff Williams, Development Officer for The Pennaf Group, said:

“It’s great that we have so many apprentices here because it’s important that we can show the Welsh Government that we are providing local apprenticeships and using locally-sourced labour and supply chains.

As well as the direct job opportunities here all the concrete block has come from Mona Precast just down the road in Gaerwen and the timber joists from Huws Gray here in Llangefni.

It’s all about spending the Welsh pound in such a way as to benefit the economy here on Anglesey, in North West Wales and across North Wales and at Pennaf we are committed to working with partners like Anwyl Construction to create opportunities for apprenticeships and work experience.”

Thomas Pritchard, 18, from Llanfair PG, is a dry lining apprentice with Ombler Williams, said: “I was keen to work in construction and I applied to the company and was accepted and I’ve got an apprenticeship now. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I love it. I go to college on a block release to Norfolk and in the meantime, it’s been great to get an opportunity to work on a site close to home.”

Ollie Taylor, 17, from Gwernymynydd, Mold, is an apprentice electrician with A J Field and he said: “My dad is a stonemason so I have been around construction sites and I always wanted to do something hands-on rather than do A-levels. I e-mailed A J Field and was called in for an interview and I’ve been with them as an apprentice since September, going to Coleg Cambria on Mondays, and I love it.”

Anwyl Construction Site Manager at Llangefni Andy Adamson, from Rhyl, joined the company in 2009 as a 16-year-old apprentice and he said:

“We have had apprentices working here throughout the contract and covering virtually all the building trades. I began with Anwyl as an apprentice myself and they have always encouraged staff to take responsibility and do courses so there is a clear career path for someone young coming into the industry and the opportunity to develop a career.”

Anwyl wins £11.3 million contract for Torus Group

The Harper’s Road development, on the site of the former Bayleaf Restaurant, in Padgate, Warrington is Anwyl’s first for Torus Housing Group, a major affordable housing provider in the North West with over 22,000 homes in Warrington and St’Helen’s, Cheshire East and Cheshire West

The contract to provide a new 97 apartment, extra care housing scheme, is the first project awarded on the new JV North framework, a consortium of major social housing associations across the North of England.
Anwyl Construction was one of just 12 successful applicants out of 30 construction companies which applied to be on the latest JV North framework which aims to build £335 million of affordable homes over the next four years.

Torus Development Director Bill Lacey said:

The Harpers Road development is part of an ambitious programme to deliver much needed affordable housing, across the North West, for first time buyers, growing families and those in later life.  Our specialist housing for over 55s is sensitively planned and designed, creating communities where older people can enjoy sociable, fulfilling and healthy lives. The facilities at Harpers Road, including the bistro, hairdressing salon and bowling green will be available for residents in the wider community to enjoy too.”

The four-storey apartments block has been designed by Paddock Johnson Architects for over 55s and the 10,000 square meter site will house a mix of one-and-two bedroom flats for affordable rent and shared ownership while on-site facilities will include a hair salon, bowling green and bistro.

Brent Davies, Pre-Construction Manager said:

The designs will breathe new life into the site at the same time as creating much-needed housing for elderly residents while local people will benefit from the investment and the regeneration of the site.
Anwyl Construction has been delivering quality affordable housing projects across North Wales for the last 10 years and we look forward to providing our expertise, experience and reputation for thoughtful building to this project for a new client and in a new area for us. This scheme underpins Anwyl Group’s expansion into the North West following our appointment on the JV North framework.”

Anwyl helps charity raise £2.5K from Christmas tree collection

Two HGV drivers from the Anwyl took time out of their busy schedule to collect discarded Christmas trees in return for donations to St Kentigern’s Hospice which totalled £2,500.

Dave Jones and Steve Colclough worked with Hospice volunteers on the weekend collection service and had a great response from residents of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire.

This is the second year the innovative service has run and Lindsey Thomas, from the St Asaph-based hospice, said:

“It’s fantastic to have the support of a company like Anwyl. They have both the people and the equipment we needed to make this scheme a success. We are delighted with the response again and the donations to the hospice are expected to be in the region of £2,500. Thanks to you and your volunteers our patients and their families will benefit from the funds raised; without your help the scheme would not be a success.

I hope we will be able to call on you again next year when we hope that the number of trees to collect and the amount of money raised will grow even more. Your continuing support of the hospice is greatly appreciated”

Tom Anwyl, Director of The Construction Division at the Anwyl Group said: “This is the second year we have been involved and we’re delighted to help out. “St Kentigern’s Hospice is a wonderful charity which does so much great work for terminally ill people and their families throughout North East Wales and it’s something we’re very happy to support.”

St Kentigern’s operates a Day Care Unit at St Asaph which provides care for up to ten patients daily, five days a week, while the In-Patient Unit, opened in December 2000 has eight beds providing 24 hour care throughout the year. It costs over £1.4 million a year to run the Hospice, more than £3800 a day, and just 18 per cent comes from the Local Health Board, only enough to support the Hospice for 68 days.

St Kentigern’s relies upon on the generosity of the communities it serves in North East Wales to raise the additional £1.15 million it needs for the rest of the year.

Anwyl Group gets the Gold RoSPA Award

Anwyl Group have been announced as the winners of a Gold Medal in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards 2017.

Over recent years, we have successfully achieved five consecutive gold awards from RoSPA which have resulted in the company being presented with a prestigious Gold Medal.

Open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, the awards recognise entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Judging is rigorous and tough, and entrants must demonstrate their ability to meet the highest of standards across a range of different health and safety criteria.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold Medals are only presented to organisations that sustain the high standards required for the gold level over a number of consecutive years.

Julie Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, commented: “The RoSPA awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety and are held in high regard around the world. Winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and achieving the required standard is no mean feat.”

Tom Anwyl, director of construction, said: “We are delighted to have received a Gold Medal in this year’s RoSPA awards. Maintaining exceptional standards of health and safety is of particular importance to us, right across the Group, and I would like to thank everyone involved in helping us achieve this accreditation including the site managers and our subcontractors.”

Triumphant Trainees gain Careers in Construction

We are proud to have worked with the Prince’s Trust supporting them to help young unemployed people into careers in the building industry and delighted to announce we have found places for seven Prince’s Trust trainees on our sites across North East Wales and four have gained jobs or gone into training.

Anwyl has funded and delivered the programme with The Prince’s Trust, whose Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales, and as part of their training all seven on the Get Into Construction course earned a Level One Health and Safety Certificate and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which allows them to work on building sites.

Alan Parry, from Buckley, has enrolled on a course with Coleg Cambria after spending three weeks on site working with an electrical contractor and he said: “I’ve really enjoyed my placement and the opportunity to prove myself.”

James Newlands, 23, from Rhyl, and his partner Alice Murray, are moving to Oxford and his time with Anwyl has helped him earn a job there. He said:

“I was bricklaying and although I had never worked in that trade before it was really good and the B and L Brickwork team from Mold were cracking and they offered me a job too. They really helped me and I would like to try and get an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in future but for now I will be labouring and thanks to Anwyl I have the qualifications to work on a building site”

The trainees were based at Anwyl Construction’s Llys Raddington and at Anwyl Homes’ developments at Parc Aberkinsey in Rhyl, Springdale Meadows in Hawarden, and Croes Atti in Oakenholt, and at our headquarters in Ewloe.

Olivia Spence, Programme Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with these young people and see them overcome the barriers and it shows that if you work hard then there are rewards at the end of it.

“It’s great that we can already see them progress and develop new skills and self-confidence and Anwyl have been fantastic and very supportive for us and most importantly for the young people and I hope this partnership between them and the Trust will continue”

Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Construction, said:

The Prince’s Trust is a fantastic organisation to support and we’ve been delighted to be part of a programme like this which can make such a difference to young lives. The confidence I’ve seen in these trainees to take part and to move their lives forward is fantastic. There are real opportunities in construction because there is a shortage of skilled people and we really need new recruits to come forward to make careers in the industry. We have had great support from The Pennaf Housing Group, Wales & West Housing and the many sub-contractors who have welcomed the trainees onto their site teams to carry out their work experience and in several cases to offer them jobs.”

Anwyl Construction Secure a Place on £335m Framework

Award-winning builder Anwyl Construction is in the running for affordable housing contracts across the North of England worth over a third of a billion pounds over the next four years.
The Ewloe-based firm is on the list of approved builders for the JV North consortium of ten housing associations which has announced a £335 million, 3,000 home programme over the next four years.

Anwyl Construction are one of just 12 successful applicants out of 30 construction companies which applied to be on the framework.
It is the latest ambitious step by The Anwyl Group which already has over £100 million of contracts on its books across North Wales and Merseyside where it is also engaged on its own major private housebuilding projects.

Tom Anwyl, who heads up Anwyl Construction, the company’s construction arm, said: “We’re delighted to have secured our place on the framework for these vitally important housing contracts across one of the UK’s most vibrant economic areas.
“We have demonstrated in our work across North and Mid Wales and into Cheshire that we have the capability and skills here in North Wales to take on major, multi-million pound contracts and deliver them on time and within budget.

“These have included the award-winning £15-million 147-home scheme we built for leading social housing organisation Wales & West Housing on two sites in Wrexham, Kingsmills Road and Rivulet Road.
“These projects were the biggest in North Wales at a time of general recession in the building industry and they enabled us to provide work and vital apprenticeship schemes to ensure that we still have the construction skills to carry out major social housing projects.”

JV North is investing £335.5 million to build nearly 3,000 new homes under the Government’s Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme.
Approximately 2,000 of the homes – for rent and ownership – will be delivered in Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Preston through the new four-year framework which starts this month.

Sean Stafford, who is Director of Saffer Cooper which manages JV North’s development programme, said: “We received a large number of applications – in total 30 contractors and 89 consultants applied.

We are delighted with the quality of the businesses selected for what will be a very busy period as we build thousands of much-needed homes over the coming years.
Housing association members are already well underway with their home building plans and will be calling off the framework immediately.

JV North, a consortium of ten housing associations, received a grant of £87.3m from the HCA’s Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme to add to its own investment of £248.2m of their own funds taking the overall total to £335.5m.

JV North Chairman, Nigel Wilson, who is also Chief Executive at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group said: “The overall investment is more than a third of a billion pounds.
“We acknowledged a number of years ago that there was a looming housing problem in the areas we operate.
“The successful bid presents challenges and opportunities to our members as the majority of our homes have historically been built for social and affordable rent.
“We now need to ensure we have the right tools and resources to help sell the properties once built.”

Tom Anwyl added: “We have a reputation for thoughtful building and for ensuring that the local communities where we build benefit from the investment by using local labour and supply chains.

“We also ensure that sub-contractors working with us buy into our ethos of providing apprenticeships because they are the lifeblood of our industry and mean that we have in future a skilled workforce which can continue to carry put major projects such as these.”