Winning a prestigious award in the Social/Affordable Housing category of the North Wales LABC Cymru Building Excellence Awards 2015, is a project comprising the development of 33 one and two bedroom flats for over 55s at Centenary Square, Flint.
The state-of-the-art £3.3m scheme, part funded by the Welsh Government, has been developed by Wales & West Housing in partnership with Flintshire County Council and constructed by Anwyl Construction.
The scheme, which is seen as the flagship development of the regeneration of Flint, has been constructed on the site of the former Delyn Council Offices at Flint House in the town, next to the cenotaph. The four-storey building was built to high sustainability values, with each apartment insulated above the required standards and equipped with super-efficient gas boilers.
Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing, said: “This is a fantastic new development of energy efficient, warm and affordable homes which has provided a much needed boost to the local economy.
“Our purpose is ‘strong sustainable growth to make a difference to lives, homes and communities’ and I believe that Centenary Square is an excellent demonstration of how we put this purpose into practice.”
The North Wales Building Excellence Awards were held on Friday 24th April 2015 at De Vere Village Urban Resort, Chester St David’s, Ewloe, Queensferry, and were attended by over 240 people.
Award finalists are not judged on architectural beauty, but on the ‘excellence’ shown from a construction and technical building control point of view. The honours also celebrate the design and construction teams that have tussled with technical issues, difficult sites and found innovative and creative solutions.
Regional and national sponsors of the event were on hand to present trophies to the 11 winners, chosen by a panel of industry experts, including local authority building control representatives.
Commenting on the awards, Phil Hammond, Managing Director of LABC, said: “The LABC Building Excellence Awards are there to celebrate construction and technical success within the building industry. It was an honour to witness outstanding examples of good building in Wales being recognised and I congratulate all the winners.”
Tom Anwyl, Director of Anwyl Construction said: “We’re delighted to have been successful at the North Wales Building Control Awards; we consider them a hugely important accolade and a benchmark to Construction excellence within the industry in North Wales.
“Our partnership with Wales and West Housing has been very important as the major developments at Wrexham and Flint have enabled us to offer further employment and apprenticeships opportunities within the area.
“It is especially nice for our two Site Managers, Steve Parry and Dave Bradley who have successfully overseen a wide range of schemes within North Wales, to have their work recognised at these prestigious awards. Steve and Dave have been with Anwyl for many years, starting their career as apprentices, it gives us great pride to see them progress and achieve success throughout the life of their career.
“It is extremely satisfying to have your work recognised and to have it done by people whose job it is to oversee and manage the developments that take place across North Wales.”
All winning regional projects from England and Wales are automatically shortlisted for the grand finals, which will take place in the autumn.