THERE was a double celebration for builders Anwyl Construction at a construction industry ‘Oscars’ in London.
The company is no stranger to winning awards and has previously been nominated for UK building awards, but this time it took home two top prizes.
It was shortlisted by Housebuilder, the UK’s best read housebuilding publication, in the Best Community Initiative category of the awards for the £15m 147-home scheme it is building in Wrexham for leading social housing organisation Wales & West Housing on two sites in the town, Kingsmills Road and Rivulet Road.
Anwyl was the only Wales-based company to make any of the shortlists where they joined a “who’s who” of the British housebuilding industry, from Taylor Wimpey and Barratt to Redrow, while projects include the London Olympics Athletes Village and the Royal Arsenal Riverside regeneration.
When compere Stephen Mangan read out the results, Anwyls had not only scooped its category but was also named the UK’s Best Builder – Up to 500 Homes a Year Sector.
Construction manager Iain Murray, who has been in charge of the Wrexham project for the Rhyl-based company, was there to receive the awards and he said: “It was a fantastic result because we were in a category with the likes of Miller Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Morston Assets and Dundas Estates.
“Talking to the big industry names there, they rate these awards very highly and really aspire to win them so for Anwyl to go there and compete with them and come out on top is a real feather in our cap.”
A Housebuilder UK spokesperson said: “Anwyl is the community king this year for recognising the positive economic impact a scheme can have on a local area.
“The development has spawned 16 apprenticeships, 18 work experience opportunities, 11 new employees and one new sub-contractor.”
It was also praised for using Meet The Buyer events successfully so that 90 per cent of sub-contractors were from within four miles of the site and for involving local community groups and schools.
Anne Hinchey, chief executive of Wales & West Housing, said: “We’re delighted to hear this news. Anwyl Construction deserve this as they have been very proactive in working with us to provide training apprenticeships on our Wrexham sites and tap into local supply chains and labour.
“They also worked closely with the local community, including schools on a successful site safety campaign.”
Anwyl estimates that 70 per cent of the £15m cost of the developments at Rivulet Road and Kingsmills Road will go on wages to an almost entirely North
Tom Anwyl added: “It was always our intention to ensure that this major contract should bring benefits to the local area and we’re delighted that this is happening.
“It was important to both Wales & West Housing and ourselves that this project would provide as many high quality training opportunities as possible and also that it brings a real economic benefit to Wrexham and North East Wales.”
The twin developments for Wales & West Housing, working in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council, are due to be completed early next year.
Rivulet Road will see 35 houses and apartments built, as well as a five-storey block of 20 apartments, while a further 92 homes will be developed at Kingsmills Road. The project also includes a new community resource centre and medical facility.