Efforts to ensure local businesses benefit from a multi-million pound development project in the centre of Colwyn Bay are paying dividends.
The development of the new four storey office building for Conwy County Borough Council on Coed Pella Road in Colwyn Bay will play a key part in the regeneration of the town, and both the Council and development partner Muse Developments are keen for the local business community to benefit.
In a bid to ensure local companies and labour is used wherever possible, a number of Meet The Buyer events have been held, and more are scheduled to take place this year.
One company already signed-up is Llysfaen-based Jennings Civil Engineers and Building Contractors. At the end of 2016, lead contractor Bowmer & Kirkland, awarded Jennings a £4.5million contract for ground works at the new offices and the new surface car park at Eirias.
Jennings started work at the town centre site in early December, carrying out localised highway works and making the site ready for the piling and laying of foundations. The demolition process is continuing; the former building is down and the material is being recycled and removed to enable the next phase of the work to start. Work will also start soon on the construction of the surface car park near the skate park at Parc Eirias.
Danny Jones, Director of Jennings Civil Engineers and Building Contractors said,
“As a local company, we are really pleased to be involved with a significant contract within our home town. We’ve been aware of the project for some time and attended the Bowmer & Kirkland Meet the Buyer events at Parc Eirias last year. We’ve already taken on two local apprentices, and we’re looking to appoint more during the work. We’ll be using local labour, local suppliers, and taking on local apprentices. This is really important to us.”
Council Leader, Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, said:
“The benefits that the project could give to the local economy was an important factor in the procurement process. To have a local firm, employing up to 40 staff on site, working in their local town for the local authority, can only be good for business.”
“It’s great to see a hive of activity on site and we’re looking forward to seeing construction progress throughout the year. This is an extremely important project for the Council and the wider town, bringing with it jobs and opportunities as well as a sustainable and efficient new civic building.” added Wes Erlam, Development Director for Muse Developments.
Bleddyn Evans, the Council’s Project Manager for the new offices, said,
“The Council has been trying to tackle its disparate and aged estate since local government reorganisation back in 1996. We’ve been streamlining and consolidating our stock over the last few years, making savings. Delivering a competitively priced landmark building was one of the key objectives, but making sure that local companies would also be part of the development process was also key.”
Other local companies contracted to prepare the site for demolition included JB Monitor and North Wales Tree Services. As the project moves on, there will be further opportunities for more Conwy and North Wales based companies to get involved in this landmark project.