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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