Staff at Wynne Construction are celebrating after no fewer than five projects were shortlisted at the 2018 North Wales Local Authority Building Control awards. Two of the entries have now been selected to go through to the All-Wales final.
Managing director Chris Wynne praised the dedication and professionalism of team members that ensured judges singled out so many of the company's projects. He said: "We strive to excel in every aspect of our work. Technically, we're ahead of the game by being one of the few firms to be BIM Level 2 accredited, so it's also rewarding to have our efforts in aspects from health & safety, to communications with council officers, recognised. Once again, the Wynne team has done us proud."
The schemes selected for the national final are:
RNLI Llandudno (Best Small Commercial Project) - construction of a new station for inshore and all-weather class lifeboats, including new sea wall, rock revetment and launch ramp. Judges said: "The location was a difficult build for the contractor due to an extremely challenging and exposed environment next to the sea. The contractor worked well with the local authority building control team and good lines of communication were set up for regular site inspections. The contractor has been a regular to our awards in the past and continues to produce a high standard of build."
Ysgol Cybi, Holyhead (Best Educational Building) - refurbishment of an Edwardian listed building, plus construction of a contrasting two-storey extension, connected by a glazed corridor, for 525 pupils.
Judges said: "The general standard of work and careful attention to detail was of the highest order. This, coupled with the close alliance, good communication and a team approach to innovative problem solving, helped deliver an excellent building and facility. This challenging project follows CADW's strict requirements throughout and hence is credit to Wynne Construction once again."
The County winners for Best Educational Buildings are:
Engineering block for Coleg Cambria, Wrexham
Judges said that "extremely conscientious site management throughout the development" achieved impressive health and safety management for staff and visitors, praising the tidiness of the site and storage of materials. The site manager's organisational skills and relationship with subcontractors were such that more than adequate notice for inspections was given."
Ysgol Maesgerchian, Bangor - a split-level primary school built on a sloping site alongside an existing operational school.
Judges said: "The contractor had to develop well planned logistical strategies due to very limited storage areas and the need to deliver materials around school pick up/drop off periods. The school is within a large housing estate so site health & safety and security was paramount. Excellent site management ensured this was achieved. This site was a credit to the contractor."
Northop Management Centre, Northop - a two-storey 1400 sqm building with central atrium, plus surrounding car parking and landscaping set within grounds.
Judges commented that use of vertical timber cladding, white render and 'zinc' standing seam panel feature work ensured the new building is in keeping with its surroundings.
Dave Sharp, building control lead at Wrexham County Borough Council & senior vice-president of LABC, who co-ordinates the awards said: "These awards are very important for the North Wales construction industry as a whole. LABC works with developers to drive up building standards and protect the investments made in North Wales by residents and commercial partners alike. Once again, we attracted a high number of excellent quality entries. I congratulate all the county and North Wales regional winners."