Wynne Construction is delighted to join Conwy County Borough Council for the official opening of the new £6.5m Parc Eirias Development at Colwyn Bay.
The project involved the construction of a large multi-purpose indoor centre designed for use by all the community to include conference and classroom facilities, a new 2,400-seat grandstand and six glass-fronted executive suites at the adjacent outdoor athletics track. Along with a gym and high performance sports analysis facilities, the Welsh Rugby Union will be basing its North Wales Rugby Academy at the centre. The project, which will also contribute to the stadium achieving Category A status for athletics events, has been designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standard and is a key part of the Bay Life+ regeneration initiative for the Colwyn area.
The Parc Eirias Development included a number of specific considerations and some challenges to overcome. Throughout a period of strong winds, the team avoided delays to the project by using a 250-tonne crane brought over from Harrogate to complete the task of lifting the final section of the frame for the new arena. The ground for the new structure had to be stabilised which involved 200 piles being driven into the ground, having previously been filled with excavated material from the construction of the A55 Expressway through Colwyn Bay.
The project is eco-friendly with its own wind turbine supplying 10% of the complex's energy needs and a large underground rainwater harvesting tank used to supply "grey" water back to the main building and irrigation water to the pitch. Other features include:
- An indoor pitch with a 3G playing surface 'Tiger Turf 65' and an Olympic standard gym.
- An extended outdoor pitch (surrounded by the athletics track) with an eco-friendly rainwater sprinkler system
- Ten floodlights with rotating set of bulbs to save on power
- Sufficient floodlight intensity to illuminate players for High Definition TV coverage of matches - which can be dimmed for training matches
Chris Wynne, Managing Director of Wynne Construction said, "As an established firm in North Wales we are delighted to have been involved in this exciting project for Conwy which is part of the Bay Life+ regeneration initiative . There was fierce competition from several national contractors to secure this prestigious contract. It is particularly pleasing that 75% of the labour force employed for the scheme were either from Conwy or the wider North Wales area. The success of the project is a reflection of the hard work from the Wynne Construction team and of our strong collaborative - working relationship with Conwy. We are very pleased to have helped in bringing excellent sporting facilities to North Wales."
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