R&M win Best in Class for Urban Quarter in Swansea

R&M Williams has earned two respected construction awards for work on Coastal Housing’s Urban Quarter project on the High Street in Swansea.

We have received a Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Award for our work on the development, which is set to include the first dedicated space in Wales to be built purely for use by the creative industries.

The Urban Quarter has been designed as a vibrant environment with its own unique identity and a universal appeal at the heart of Swansea’s city centre, including 76 apartments, four floors of office space and a number of high street facing retail units.

The Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards (LABC) celebrates the construction industry and recognises and rewards excellent buildings, outstanding companies, partnerships and people.

R&M was shortlisted in the Welsh Awards for working with local authority building control and received the award at the finals in Cardiff.

Swansea’s Urban Quarter also earned the family business a silver Considerate Constructors National Site Award, which was presented at the grand final in London in April.

The Considerate Constructors Award (CCS) assesses how well a construction company works with the local community when taking on a project.

R&M scored 42 out of 50 from the inspection and we have been praised for our engagement with the local community, attention to environmental matters as well as participation in local career days.

 

Darryn Parry, Managing Director of R&M Williams, said: “The Urban Quarter construction has been such an exciting project for us at R&M Williams, and to have received these awards for our work on the village only goes to show that it’s an incredibly innovative development.

“The Urban Quarter includes residential, retail and office space – including the impressive Creative Cluster, Wales’ first space for the creative industries, and so it’s been quite a challenging and equally rewarding project for our team.

“We realised early on that involving the community in the process was pivotal and so we are thrilled to have won both a Considerate Constructors Award and an LABC award. We really look forward to working with Coastal Housing Group and Holder Mathias architects on more projects in the future.”

R&M Williams delivers Wales’ first fully integrated family centre and GP surgery to the public

A state-of-the-art healthcare facility is opening its doors to the public for the first time following the successful completion of a £2.3million development project in Swansea.

Mayhill GP Surgery officially opened earlier this month, offering residents a new Family Surgery, GP Centre and Chemist facility, alongside a wealth of community services, in the process. 

Developed R&M Williams in partnership with health and social care specialist Ashley House, today’s centre replaces the former Mayhill Family Centre first founded on the site 30 years ago.

As such, the new building contains a time capsule including artefacts from the original family centre, as well as more up to date items including a local newspaper and artwork from local children.

mayhill surgery developed by R&M Williams

Darryn Parry, managing director of R&M Williams, said: “We received a great deal of community support during our time on site here, and are delighted to have been able in return to develop a state-of-the-art complex within the allotted timeframe, and to the highest of standards.

“As the first fully integrated family centre and GP surgery in Wales, the project for us as contractors has also been a particularly interesting and exciting project to work on, and one which we feel privileged to have been a part of.” 

Providing access to top-class health and well-being services, the complex has also achieved a standard of excellence rating with the Considerate Constructors Programme during its construction too.

Scoring highly for respecting the community, protecting the environment and securing everyone’s safety, the building will also provide childcare for local families, sensory facilities, baby yoga, food bank access and a host of other services.

Julie Hayes, Mayhill GP Surgery Manager, said: “R&M Williams’ quality of work at our new surgery building is of a very high standard. R&M Williams went over and above to help us during our stressful transition moving from a very old converted house to our new flagship surgery.  

“Our GPs and staff are very happy with the result after a very long planning period we have a tremendous new state of the art surgery.”

R&M Williams shortlisted for two prestigious awards

We've had a great start to spring at R&M after being shortlisted for two respected construction awards.

Our work on Coastal Housing’s Urban Quarter project on the High Street in Swansea has won a Considerate Constructors Award National Site Award, although we won’t find out if this is a bronze, silver or gold award until the grand finals in London on April 20th.

The Urban Quarter project has also seen us shortlisted for a Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Award – the finals will be held in Cardiff on April 27th.

The Considerate Constructors Award (CCS) assesses how well a construction company works with the local community when taking on a project.

 

R&M Williams scored 42 out of 50 from the inspection and was praised for engagement with the local community, attention to environmental matters and participation in local career days.

The Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards (LABC) celebrate construction industry and recognise and reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, partnerships and people. We have been shortlisted in the Welsh Awards for our work with local authority building control.

R&M was also shortlisted for the National Final of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for the £25million regeneration project.

 

Darryn Parry, Managing Director of R&M Williams, said: “The Urban Quarter construction has been a great project for us at R&M Williams. It has been rewarding and challenging as our team has been working on residential, office and retail space. We have also had to work with mixed materials and different building techniques.

“We realised early on that involving the community in the process was pivotal and so we are thrilled to have won a Considerate Constructors Award. Working with Coastal Housing Group and Holder Mathias architects on this project has been great and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

 

R&M Williams’ development makes final of RICS award

 

Swansea’s Urban Village has been shortlisted for 'regeneration of the year' in the National Final of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors annual awards.

R&M Williams has worked on the £25million project which is being led by Coastal Housing Group. We have built residential accommodation, as well as high-quality office space to regenerate and attract new businesses to the area, which was previously in decline. 

This is the second project that we have worked on with Coastal Housing Group, having successfully delivered the Creative Cluster, which is Wales’ first dedicated space purely for use by the creative industries.

We're really pleased to have already secured accolades from the project, including Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Large Commercial Building Award for 2017 as well as being shortlisted for the Chartered Institute Housing’s “Most Community Focussed Contractor” for commitment to sustainable construction and finalist for Federation Master Builders Commercial Building category .

On top of this, the Urban Village won the Welsh RICS regeneration project award and is now going forward to the National Awards, where it is up against 11 other projects from around the UK. 

R&M Williams celebrate new contracts for 2018

R&M Williams has won over £30 million worth of contracts in the last month, bringing a boost to the start of 2018.

Our new projects include framework agreements with Cardiff City and Caerphilly Councils, being appointed to build the teaching facilities in Newbridge School and we have also secured a contract to build the new fire station at Bristol Airport.

We will be working on residential properties across Cardiff for the next four years, and have won Framework agreement for housing maintenance and Disabled Adaptions, as well as a separate two-year contract to work on estate regeneration projects across the local authority area.

For Caerphilly Council, R&M Williams will be carrying out external work and refurbishments to 169 residential council homes. 

We will also be demolishing the old music block at Newbridge School and building a new three-storey facility in its place. The £1.8million project was awarded to the Local Consortium Wales LLP, which is a joint partnership established by R&M Williams to compete for publicly funded, large scale projects

At Bristol Airport, we will design and build a new £4.3million fire station for the airport together with external works, concrete hard standing, car parking and upgrade of new access road. 

It has been a busy, but very rewarding few months for us here at R&M Williams. Our hard work has paid off and we have won some substantial contracts which will mean that next year will be one of our busiest. 

Latest News & Awards

 

LABC Cymru Building Excellence Awards 2017 - Swansea               Best Large Commercial Building - Creative Cluster

 

R&M Williams received recognition from LABC Swansea for the constructionof Swansea's Urban Village centerpiece, the Creative Cluster. With 16,500ft2 of creative space situated over five floors, the Creative Cluster is an affordable and cutting-edge hub for small start-ups and the creative companies. The community-centred work environment will allow like minded creative individuals to engage and share ideas with one another and help foster a thriving creative quarter in Swansea.

Congratulations to the Site Team and all involved on a highly successful project. We look forward to the Regional Awards at the Vale Hotel in April.

Dom Amirat - Project Manager - Coastal Housing said, "As a client it was absolutely vital for us to ensure that the impact of constructing these projects in such close proximity to our tenant’s homes and our commercial tenant’s premises were kept to a minimum and did not compromise their quality of living. This, together with the city centre location provided R&M with some difficult logistical challenges which were met through excellent planning and communication at all times with Coastal and the occupants of the development. As part of the process of negotiating the contract for the new build office, R&M were instrumental in assisting us and our design team with value engineering exercises to ensure that we were able to reduce the cost of the project whilst maintaining our aspirations to deliver a high quality commercial building. As a client we are extremely pleased with the quality of the completed buildings and the unique environment that they have provided in this part of the city centre. The working relationship established with R&M has been excellent and we look forward to continuing to work with them on further projects."

RICS Project of the Year 2014 - Penarth Pier Pavilion

 

R&M Williams Ltd carried out the refurbishment of the iconic Grade II listed Penarth Pier Pavilion. The building has become a cultural and educational hub for the community offering a range of activities.

The pier had fallen into disrepair, but has now been restored to retain the original features of the design, and provide a community space.

Now a fully restored art deco pier pavilion, Penarth Pavilion is a multi-functional building incorporating a gallery, cinema, café and restaurant. The state-of-the-art pavilion offers exhibitions, films and a full events schedule, offering a perfect meeting place and a landmark on the South Wales coastline.

R&M Williams Ltd received several awards for this project, including

  • RICS National Project of the Year 2014
  • RICS Wales Community Benefit Award
  • Considerate Constructors - Bronze Award
  • FMB National Awards - Commercial Project of the Year Winners
  • CIOB - Manager of the Year - David Challenger

 

 

Silver Site Award - Considerate Constructors Scheme

 

R&M Williams Ltd worked with local housing organisation RCT Homes to transform Dyllas Court into a modern and spacious retirement complex. The development won Silver for showing the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce and the environment through adhering to the Considerate Constructors Five Point Scheme. We received high scores across the 5 categories required by the scheme, specifically in ‘Respecting the Community’ where close contact was kept with the elderly residents and the local community throughout the project and ‘Protecting the Environment’ where 96% of waste produced was diverted from landfill, utilisation of local labour and a Cycle to Work scheme was encouraged with the Site Manager cycling to and from site every day . The project team worked tirelessly to achieve the resulting  Silver Award  which was well deserved.

Mark Wardill, Senior Quantity Surveyor at RCT Homes said, "It is fantastic to see R & M Williams recognised for their best practice. During the development of Dyllas Court it was important to RCT Homes to strengthen relationships with the community and create a link between our sheltered residents and local people. Working with R & M Williams enabled us to manage the build with local support and deliver a great modernisation project on time and on budget.”

 

     
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