Flintshire celebrates national award wins
Flintshire County Council was a big winner at the Constructing Excellence Wales
(CEW) Awards Ceremony held at the Celtic Manor on Friday 14th July.
At the ceremony, hosted by Jason Mohammad, the Council was awarded “Client of
the Year”, after being nominated by their contractor Wates Residential, as well
as another of their contractors, Galliford Try, being awarded the
“Sustainability Award” for the flagship Holywell Learning Campus.
The CEW Awards are a barometer for the success of the Welsh construction
industry. Since the Awards started in 2006, projects and organisations taking
part have delivered community benefits ranging from support for more than 300
charities, to 1,500 school placements and coordinating around 10,000 hours of
The Council was nominated by Wates Residential for their partnership working on
the Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP). From the outset,
both parties worked together to ensure a joint approach to all elements of
scheme design and planning, whilst also working on community engagement and
providing many community benefits for local residents. Project working groups
guaranteed a close-knit, team approach to all construction, commercial and
community engagement activity.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bernie
“The SHARP programme is the first of its kind in Wales and is setting a
national benchmark for quality and design. We are absolutely delighted to win
this prestigious award and to have our housing programme highlighted in this
way. A number of other local authorities have visited us to look at the
progress being made and are now looking to replicate this innovative model in
their own areas. Thank you to everyone at Wates for the nomination. Wates
have been an excellent partner and we will continue to work with them to
deliver quality housing for the residents of Flintshire.”
Joanne Jamieson, Managing Director of Wates Residential, commented:
“Everyone at Wates Residential would like to congratulate the Council on this
award, which is deserved recognition of the landmark regeneration it is
undertaking across Flintshire. We are proud to be working with the Council on
the SHARP programme, which will play a key role in addressing the housing
shortage in the county.
The significant investment involved in our collaboration is also enabling both
parties to create extensive opportunities for local employment and training
and, as the project progresses, we will continue to identify ways in which we
can positively impact the communities of Flintshire.
Galliford Try was the contractor who delivered the state-of-the-art Learning
Campus in Holywell.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor
Ian Roberts, said:
“From the start, Galliford Try ensured that sustainability was embedded in
every aspect of the project. The demolition of the old high school left a huge
amount of waste but an incredible 90 per cent of on-site demolition waste was
reused. Not only that, but the project secured 55 employment opportunities
and 19 apprenticeships as well as many educational and community activities.”
Jim Parker, Managing Director for Galliford Try North West, said:
“Holywell Learning Campus has become an exemplar project not just regionally
but nationally as well. The team has been exceptional in achieving over and
above the targets set for them, and the award recognition they have received
from Constructing Excellence is richly deserved.”
Both Awards will now go forward to the UK Awards later in the year.