Digging Deep for Charitable Causes

Digging Deep for Charitable Causes

Flagship Primary School Handed Over

Flagship Primary School Handed Over

Children get first glimpse at their new school

Children get first glimpse at their new school

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

Local Subcontractors and Suppliers Invited to Meet the Buyer

Local Subcontractors and Suppliers Invited to Meet the Buyer

Business Notification - Cyber Crime

Business Notification - Cyber Crime

Read Construction commits to the next generation by joining The 5% Club

Read Construction commits to the next generation by joining The 5% Club

Promoting Diversity in Construction

Promoting Diversity in Construction

Festive Fun and Charitable Donations

Festive Fun and Charitable Donations

Promoting Healthy Eating

Promoting Healthy Eating

Subcontractor Site Surgery

Subcontractor Site Surgery

New Management Structure

New Management Structure

Steel Beam Signing Ceremony

Steel Beam Signing Ceremony

Building New Careers

Building New Careers

Wrexham Meet the Buyer

Wrexham Meet the Buyer

Doors Opening at Construction Site

Doors Opening at Construction Site

Supporting A Level Students

Supporting A Level Students

Offa’s Dyke Challenge

Offa’s Dyke Challenge

Read Secure Flint Health Centre Project

Read Secure Flint Health Centre Project

Three Projects Shortlisted for Regional Awards

Three Projects Shortlisted for Regional Awards

Framework for Success

Framework for Success

Offa’s Dyke Challenge

Offa’s Dyke Challenge

Constructing a Way for Women in the Industry

Constructing a Way for Women in the Industry

Eco-Committee Gets a Glimpse of New School Development

Eco-Committee Gets a Glimpse of New School Development

Prehistoric Evidence Found at Llandudno Junction School

Prehistoric Evidence Found at Llandudno Junction School

Llandudno Junction Meet the Buyer - 15th January 2016

Llandudno Junction Meet the Buyer - 15th January 2016

Read Share Christmas Cheer with Charitable Donation

Read Share Christmas Cheer with Charitable Donation

The Read Contract Award Bell Rings Again

The Read Contract Award Bell Rings Again

Read Step into the Festive Spirit

Read Step into the Festive Spirit

Safety First for Local School Children

Safety First for Local School Children

Column Signing at Bodnant Community School

Column Signing at Bodnant Community School

Read Deliver Community Benefits outside the Norm

Read Deliver Community Benefits outside the Norm

Read Continue Long Term Relationship with Wrexham Maelor & BCUHB

Read Continue Long Term Relationship with Wrexham Maelor & BCUHB

Read Keep Triple ISO Accreditation

Read Keep Triple ISO Accreditation

Read Construction to Lead as Main Contractor on Llandudno Junction School

Read Construction to Lead as Main Contractor on Llandudno Junction School

Local SME Continues Long Term Relationship with Chester Zoo

Local SME Continues Long Term Relationship with Chester Zoo

Read Construction Nominated for LABC Awards Grand Finals

Read Construction Nominated for LABC Awards Grand Finals

Work Complete on New Health Centre for Betsi Cadwaladr

Work Complete on New Health Centre for Betsi Cadwaladr

Read Construction to Lead as Main Contractor on Hawarden School Project

Read Construction to Lead as Main Contractor on Hawarden School Project

Read Hold ICE Bridge Event for Bryn Tyrion School

Read Hold ICE Bridge Event for Bryn Tyrion School

Read Win Two LABC Awards for Shotton Primary Project

Read Win Two LABC Awards for Shotton Primary Project

Meet the Buyer – Bodnant Community School

Meet the Buyer – Bodnant Community School

Read Construction Collaborates with Ysgol y Gwernant Primary School for Latest Project

Read Construction Collaborates with Ysgol y Gwernant Primary School for Latest Project

Read Construction Short Listed for Leadership & People Development Award 2015

Read Construction Short Listed for Leadership & People Development Award 2015

Safety First at Bodnant as Building Work Continues

Safety First at Bodnant as Building Work Continues

Read Construction Forms Partnership with HSS Hire

Read Construction Forms Partnership with HSS Hire

Bluecoat Building Opened by the Duke of Westminster

Bluecoat Building Opened by the Duke of Westminster

Flintshire Council Lauds Read Construction For Outstanding Achievement

Flintshire Council Lauds Read Construction For Outstanding Achievement

Shortlisted for CITB Outstanding Employer Award

Shortlisted for CITB Outstanding Employer Award

Read collect Special Constructing Excellence Award

Read collect Special Constructing Excellence Award

Local SME secures prestigious Islands Zoo project

Local SME secures prestigious Islands Zoo project

Facilitating World Cup Resources at Cynwyd!

Facilitating World Cup Resources at Cynwyd!

Back to School - Live Online

Back to School - Live Online

Charitable Recognition

Charitable Recognition

National Christmas Jumper Day

National Christmas Jumper Day

Ringing in Good News

Ringing in Good News

Childcare Centre Construction; Cutting the Sod.

Childcare Centre Construction; Cutting the Sod.

Training and Delivery

Training and Delivery

Changing Seasons and Progress

Changing Seasons and Progress

Managing Director Recognition of Achievements

Managing Director Recognition of Achievements

Alex Read attends first regional BIM HUB Committee meeting

Alex Read attends first regional BIM HUB Committee meeting

Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

It’s Official

It’s Official

Shared Apprenticeship for North Wales

Shared Apprenticeship for North Wales

Read share BIM Lessons with SME’s at BIM4SME Launch Event

Read share BIM Lessons with SME’s at BIM4SME Launch Event

LABC Award reaffirms Read as Premier Construction Company

LABC Award reaffirms Read as Premier Construction Company

ECO Project - ECO Delivery

ECO Project - ECO Delivery

Triple Authority Recognition LABC Excellence Awards April 2013

Triple Authority Recognition LABC Excellence Awards April 2013

Shotton Primary School Press Release

Shotton Primary School Press Release

Bird’s Eye View - Llangefni Police Hub

Bird’s Eye View - Llangefni Police Hub

Construction of the New £1M Teaching Block at Upton Hall School Wirral

Construction of the New £1M Teaching Block at Upton Hall School Wirral

Read’s long term relationship with Manitou continues

Read’s long term relationship with Manitou continues

Read Gains Triple ISO Accreditation

Read Gains Triple ISO Accreditation

Restaurant Construction Commences at The Roodee

Restaurant Construction Commences at The Roodee

Construction Education Workshop at Brookfield Primary School

Construction Education Workshop at Brookfield Primary School

Connah’s Quay’s New School Opens

Connah’s Quay’s New School Opens

Estate Oversees Green Expansion Scheme

Estate Oversees Green Expansion Scheme

MP opens Reads latest construction project; new build iResearch Centre Cheshire

MP opens Reads latest construction project; new build iResearch Centre Cheshire

Children take their first steps through the school

Children take their first steps through the school

BREEAM construction rating puts Read into top 16% UK

BREEAM construction rating puts Read into top 16% UK

The Queen Opens Read’s Latest Chester Zoo Project

The Queen Opens Read’s Latest Chester Zoo Project

Small Works Significant Challenge Structural Retaining Wall Chester

Small Works Significant Challenge Structural Retaining Wall Chester

MP Tours New School Library Building Site

MP Tours New School Library Building Site

New Healthcare Project Starts

New Healthcare Project Starts

NU Instruments Official Opening

NU Instruments Official Opening

Hair and Beauty Salon Refurbishment and fit out North Wales

Hair and Beauty Salon Refurbishment and fit out North Wales

Summer Newsletter 2011

Summer Newsletter 2011

Supporting the National Blind Children’s Society

Supporting the National Blind Children’s Society

“An Audience with . . .”

“An Audience with . . .”

Read’s new website hits 150,000 viewed pages

Read’s new website hits 150,000 viewed pages

West Parade - Rhyl

West Parade - Rhyl

Supporting the Countess of Chester Hospital and Communities

Supporting the Countess of Chester Hospital and Communities

Collaborative construction partnership project for local community

Collaborative construction partnership project for local community

Ronnie Burgin retires from Read

Ronnie Burgin retires from Read

High praise for a live project from a valued client

High praise for a live project from a valued client

Work starts on new £7.5 million school in Flintshire

Work starts on new £7.5 million school in Flintshire

New school will be ‘beacon for educational excellence’ in Flintshire

New school will be ‘beacon for educational excellence’ in Flintshire

LABC National Building Award Finalist

LABC National Building Award Finalist

New All Through School Project Awarded to Read Construction

New All Through School Project Awarded to Read Construction

Building Quality Award for Fir Grove Hotel, Warrington.

Building Quality Award for Fir Grove Hotel, Warrington.

This month, Read Construction have taken part in national charity events to raise money for some amazing causes.

Both site based and office based staff took part in 'Jeans for Genes' day - on which we pulled on our demin to raise money and awareness for Genetic Disorders UK. This amazing cause helps disorder-specific charities and patient groups to deliver inspiring projects and support services for children affected by a genetic disorder in the UK. 

Following this, we hosted a World's Biggest Coffee Morning (or day in our case!) at head office. Homemade cake, biscuits and even some sausage rolls were donated, a long with some cash donations. All donations went to supporting MacMillan Cancer Research, who fund research and support individuals with cancer and their families. 

Overall, we managed to raise over £200 for the two charities.

To find out more about Genetic Disorders UK click here or for MacMillan Cancer, click here

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Read Construction have handed over the new Awel y Mynydd school in preparation for the start of term this week.

Built and developed in conjunction with Conwy County Borough Council, Welsh Government’s 21st Century School programme and the North Wales Construction Framework, the school forms the amalgamation of two former primary schools, Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed.

The newly established Community Primary School will teach pupils through either a Welsh First Language or Welsh Second Language/Bilingual Curriculum. The Dual Steam provision will be available for a capacity of 432 pupils as well as 60 Nursery places.

Llion Ellis, Head Teacher commented: “We at Ysgol Awel y Mynydd are extremely pleased with our new school and all of its high-tech elements. As staff, we are especially looking forward to seeing the smile this place will put on our pupils' faces. They will be extremely excited, as are we. We are also excited for the future and how Ysgol Awel y Mynydd will be the heart of Llandudno Junction.”

Kasia Pugh, Improvement and Engagement Manager Commented: “Throughout the contract we have invested in the local community to provide added value to the project delivery. The children have been involved with the build throughout, with safety talks, activities and visits and we are confident they will enjoy their new learning environment.”

Matthew Nicholas, Project Manager commented: “The whole project team are pleased to have successfully delivered this challenging project to a delighted client. Working alongside Ainsley Gommon Architects and Conwy County Council, we have delivered a flag ship project both for the pupils and teachers, but also the wider community.”

Cllr Garffild Lewis, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Education said: “It’s important that we’ve been able to invest in this excellent school to allow the governors and staff to provide high quality education in new buildings that are fit for purpose.  I wish the staff and pupils all the very best in their new school.”

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Last week over 400 pupils and staff were invited to visit their new school, Ysgol Awel y Mynydd, ahead of the completion of its construction.

Pupils and staff got a feel for their new school, as part of Read Construction’s commitment to the Government Soft Landings objective, which looks to support end users in receiving a smooth transition into their new environment.

During the visit, pupils assisted with the sealing of a time capsule inside the building, which they had previously filled with items that tell the history of the school, local area and life in 2017. They were also presented with a bird box, donated by Crest Cooperative, which had been made using excess material from the project.

“We were delighted to welcome so many of the future pupils to their new school. It’s important for us to support the transition of pupils into their new learning environment, in line with the Government Soft Landings objective. The children have been involved with the build throughout, with safety talks, activities and visits and we are confident they will enjoy their new learning environment,” said Kasia Pugh, Improvement and Engagement Manager

Dr Lowri Brown, Head of Education Services, said: “This project is a key part of Conwy’s schools modernisation programme, which aims to provide the very best education facilities for pupils in Conwy County Borough.  The pupils’ visit to their new school is an important part of the transition process, enabling young learners to familiarise themselves with their new environment in readiness for the start of the autumn term in September.”

Llion Ellis, Head Teacher said: “The staff and pupils of Awel y Mynydd were overjoyed when they saw the fantastic new school in which they will start in September. Some of the pupils even asked if they could move in to live there! Everyone is looking forward to the move and would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this amazing building to Llandudno Junction.”

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Read Construction have joined forces with a heritage group to celebrate World Environment Day and National Volunteer Week.

Read united with volunteers from Brymbo Heritage Group last week to mark the start of National Volunteer Week and World Environment Day.

The volunteering session saw the volunteers help to maintain and develop the ‘ecology area’ of the heritage area. This comes as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to support the Heritage Group through their corporate responsibility agenda.

“It was great to get everyone together to celebrate volunteering and promote World Environment Day with the volunteers of Brymbo Heritage Group,” said Kasia Pugh, Improvement and Engagement Manager.

“The day was a success, and we hope it inspired our staff and others to get involved with volunteering whilst recognising how we can all play our part in looking after the environment.”

““We’ve lots do to bring the old steelworks site back to use by the public, and Read Construction are helping us with lots of tasks. Friday’s event meant they were hands-on, and they’ve made a huge difference in making part of the old colliery easier to see and explore,” said Gary Brown, Heritage Officer.

To find out more about volunteering with Brymbo Heritage Group, please visit www.brymboheritage.co.uk

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Local businesses are invited to meet the contractor at an event in Flint, with the potential of working on the new Health Centre project.

Read Construction, the main contractor, is looking to connect with local businesses at the free Meet the Buyer event. The new £5m Health Centre will be a central point for the local community to access health and well-being services in a modern, purpose built facility.

The main contractor would like to raise awareness to local businesses of the opportunities available and are looking to sub-contract within this project and a number of other projects in North Wales.

“Read have actively encouraged local supply chain involvement to schemes for many years and we’re committed as ever to engaging local companies on the Flint Health Centre project” said Wil Jones, Contract Manager.

“This is an excellent opportunity to meet our team, discuss prospects and start or renew partnerships.”

Read are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in meeting with the following trades:  flat roofing, aluminium rainwater goods, internal plastering and partitions, suspended ceilings, floor screed and finishes, decoration, window blinds, dental and healthcare furniture, tarmac surfacing, landscaping and fencing.

To register your interest in the event, please send your name, company, telephone number and type of trade/service to general@readconstruction.co.uk.

Sub-contractors and suppliers are invited to attend between 8am – 1pm on Thursday 1st June at the Flint Health Centre site, Feather Street, Flint, CH6 5AG. No appointment necessary.

https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/meet-the-buyer-in-flint/ 


Mae gwahoddiad i gwmniau lleol gyfarfod y prynnwr yn y Fflint, gyda’r potensial i weithio ar brosiect adeiladu Canolfan Iechyd newydd.

Mae Read Construction, y prif gontractwr, yn gobeithio cysylltu gyda chwmniau lleol ar yr achlysur Cyfarfod y Prynnwr, gyda mynediad am ddim. Bydd y Ganolfan Iechyd £5m newydd yn bwynt canolog i’r gymuned gael gafael ar wasanaethau iechyd a lles gyda chyfleusterau modern a adeiladwyd i’r pwrpas.

Hoffai’r prif gontractwr hyrwyddo y cyfleon sydd ar gael i fusnesau lleol, ac maent yn bwriadu isgontractio o fewn y prosiect yma a nifer o rai eraill yn ardal Gogledd Cymru. 

“Mae Read wedi bod yn cefnogi cynlluniau i ddefnyddio cwmniau lleol ers blynyddoedd, ac rydym mor frwd ag erioed i gyfarfod â chwmniau o ardal y Fflint” meddai Wil Jones.

“Mae hwn yn gyfle ardderchog i gyfarfod â’n tîm, trafod posibiliadau, a chychwyn neu adnewyddu partneriaeth.”

Maent yn edrych ymlaen at gyfarfod y cwmniau canlynol yn arbennig: toeau fflat, deunyddiau glaw alwminium, plastro a phartisiynau mewnol, nenfydau crog, lefelu a gorffen lloriau, addurno, llenni ffenestri, dodrefn deintyddiaeth ac iechyd, arwyneb tarmac, tirlunio a ffensio.

Er mwyn nodi eich diddordeb yn y digwyddiad, gyrrwch eich enw, enw cwmni, rhif ffôn a math o grefft/wasanaeth i general@readconstruction.co.uk.

Mae gwhoddiad i isgontractwyr ddod rhwng 8:00am – 13:00pm dydd Iau 01af o Fehefin ar safle y Ganolfan Iechyd newydd, Feather Street, Y Fflint, CH6 5AG. Does dim angen trefnu apwyntment.

https://wales.business-events.org.uk/cy/digwyddiadau/cyfarfod-y-prynnwr-yn-fflint/ 

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Wrexham based building contractor, Read Construction, has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks members to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.

Read have joined the initiative as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting young people to get a head start in their career. The company’s current work placement programme has historically proven a success, with 54% of head office management staff being directly employed by the company following positive placements.

“We’re delighted to become members of The 5% Club. As a company, we recognise the challenges that young people face with unemployment, and we are committed to tackling this issue through increasing our placement, apprentice and graduate opportunities here at Read,” commented Kasia Pugh, Improvement and Engagement Manager.

Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Read Construction to the initiative. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  

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Read Construction continues to demonstrate its dedication to promoting career opportunities in the built environment to young women.

Promoting equality and diversity in the industry is key to the company’s mission, addressing the low percentage of women in the sector.

Read recently hosted a site visit and activity session as part of Coleg Llandrillo Menai’s Girls into Construction event.

The visit, aimed at encouraging young girls to consider careers in construction, included a ‘myth busting’ workshop and a tour of a live new primary school site.

The workshop introduced the students to the diverse range of careers in the industry, in an attempt to open their minds to the opportunities available in the sector.

“Read were delighted to support Coleg Llandrillo Menai’s Girls in Construction event,” commented Karen Heaton, Director.

“Supporting events like this, we aim to inspire young females to consider a career in the built environment and help them understand the wide range of opportunities available within construction”.

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Last week employees at Read Construction donned their festive knits to raise money for charity, on the National Christmas Jumper Day.

All money raised from the day has been donated to Save the Children. The charity helps to give children living in refugee camps clothes to keep them warm through winter, buy nutritious food for their entire family, or set up a safe space to help children be children again.

Along with money raised on the day, Read have donated the annual Christmas donation to the cause.

“We were delighted to support Save the Children in our fundraising activity,” commented Karen Heaton, Director.

“The day was a success, supporting such a worthwhile cause whilst getting everyone in the festive spirit.”

Find out more about Save the Children here: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/

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Read Construction are promoting health and wellbeing by giving away free fruit to employees and are the latest company to join the growing trend for providing free fruit to staff.

Following a successful trial at a live construction site in Llandudno Junction, Read are now offering free fruit every Tuesday to staff based at the Read Head Office in Wrexham.

The initiative is part of the firm’s commitment to encouraging the health and wellbeing of its employees. 

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Helping you achieve your training needs

Read Construction want to help subcontractors fulfil their training needs through the delivery of local construction projects.

The site surgery, aimed at all local subcontractors delivering construction projects, will allow subcontractors to speak with Read and other industry support organisations about how best to achieve training targets.

Supported by CITB Wales, Job Centre Plus, Coleg Llandrillo and Construction Futures Wales, subcontractors will be offered the advice and contacts they need to fulfil essential training requirements.

The drop in event will be held on Friday18th November between 11am - 6pm at our live site in Llandudno Junction, no appointment neccesary. Register interest at sitevisits@readconstruction.co.uk.

 

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Read Construction is looking to the future and delighted to announce the appointment of three new Directors with immediate effect.

Karen Heaton re-joined the company in July, following four years working internationally for global consultants. Karen joins Alex Read in becoming main board Directors, taking responsibility for future business governance and direction.

With Wynne Davies’ planned retirement in 2017, following a 20 year career at Read, Dawid Cloete will support the delivery of projects and development of the business in his new position as Construction Director.

Wiliam Jones has been appointed as Commercial Director Designate, with Read supporting him in the development of this role, progressing to Commercial Director in the future.

Read actively encourages its employees to strive for all round personal development within the company, demonstration with the new directors having a combined 35 years’ experience working within the business.

The succession of leaders will bring significant added value to the company, ensuring the business is constantly evolving, growing and developing the business and its people.

 “I am delighted to advise the new shape of the business moving forward,” commented Richard Heaton, Managing Director.

 “I am confident that Read will continue to evolve and flourish under the management of the new directors and I look forward to working with the new team over the coming years.”

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Councillors, teachers and children joined together last week for a steel beam signing ceremony at the new Llandudno Junction School, Ysgol Awel y Mynydd.

The event took place to mark the final stages of the steelwork erection at the new school, with the final beam signed by local school pupils, councillors from Conwy County Borough Council and representatives from Read Construction.

Counillor Wyn Ellis Jones, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills was delighted to see the progress being made on the project.

"The site has changed significantly since the turf cutting ceremony last November, and it's very exciting to watch the new building take shape," he commented.

"I'm delighted that we are able to invest in this excellent new school, to allow the governors and staff to provide high quality education and support in new buildings that will be fit for purpose."

Read are committed to regularly involving the local community and school throughout the project, which is jointly funded by the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools programme and Conwy County Borough Council.

"We were thrilled to welcome some of the future pupils and teachers to the new school site to mark this milesone event," said Wynne Davies, Read Construction Director.

"It was exciting for all involved to see the progress made on site, and acknowledge another step forward to gaining their new 21st Century School."

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Read Construction is supporting young people to get a head start in their careers by providing a number of work experience opportunities.

We are continuing our successful work experience programme this summer, to provide an insight into careers into the construction industry, with participants from school age to degree level.

The company has historically proven success of its work experience programme, with 15% of head office management staff being directly employed by the company following positive placements.

Hoping to continue work experience success, seven young people will participate in placements with Read over the summer period.

Among the young hopefuls is Rebecca Smith, currently undertaking a long term management work placement with the company, supporting her studies in Real Estate Management at Liverpool John Moores University.

“Read’s work experience programme allows you to experience all aspects of the construction industry” said Rebecca.

“The company are supporting me in my professional development and allowing me to experience different elements of the business, which will help me to make an informed decision about my career following graduation.”

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Local businesses are invited to meet the buyer at an event in Wrexham, with the potential of working on local school extension projects.

Read Construction, the main contractor, is looking to connect with local businesses at the free Meet the Buyer event. The projects include the extensions of four local primary and secondary schools.

The main contractor would like to raise awareness to local businesses of the opportunities available and are looking to sub-contract within this project and a number of other projects in North Wales.  They are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in meeting with the following trades:  cladding, brickwork, joinery, plumbing/mechanical, metalwork and plastering.

“Read have actively encouraged local supply chain involvement to schemes for many years and we’re committed as ever to engaging local companies on the Wrexham school projects” said Iolo Rhys. “This is an excellent opportunity to meet our team, discuss prospects and start or renew partnerships.”

To register your interest in the event, please send your name, company, telephone number and type of trade/service to general@readconstruction.co.uk.

Sub-contractors and suppliers are invited to attend between 8.30am – 16.30pm on Wednesday 20th July at the Brymbo Enterprise Centre (Read Construction head office). Bookings preferred, but not essential.

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Doors to a local construction site are opening next week, promoting the construction industry and a local multi-million pound project.

The event, which will be held at the new primary school site in Llandudno Junction by principle contractor Read Construction, aims to encourage people to consider careers in construction and engage with local residents.

Members of the public will get the chance to meet the project team, have a tour of the project and get a feel for the construction industry and what goes into building a school.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the public to get to grips with both the project and the construction industry,” said Alex Read, Director.

“Read are committed to promoting the construction industry, especially to the younger generation, in an attempt to bridge the current skills gap.”

Visits to the site will take place between 4-5.30pm on Monday 13th June to Friday 17th June. Booking is essential. To book, please contact sitevisits@readconstruction.co.uk or 01978 721950.

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With the CITB predicting a steep rise in demand for skills construction workers of the next five years, Read Construction are tackling the issue head on.

Read are actively addressing the issue by promoting careers in the construction sector to ensure a vibrant, diverse intake of young people to the industry.

As part of Read’s ongoing commitment to supporting career development and industry promotion across the region, the company have recently supported mock interviews and delivered a series of dynamic career workshops and presentations at Hawarden High School.

According to BITC, secondary school students are are five times less likely to become a NEET (not in education or employment) if an employer visits them four times during school.

On the most recent visit, Read were joined by local subcontractors, consultants and Flintshire Council who delivered an insight into the industry and their company for the students.

“The talk has given the students a great deal of insight into the construction industry at a very important time in their education,” said Lynne Williams, Sixth Form Administrator.

All companies in attendance have offered work experience to students, which could lead to subsequent summer placements and full time employment based on the student’s performance.

“We are committed to supporting the future workforce and helping students understand what their options and potential paths after school are,” commented Richard Heaton, managing director.

“The career workshops proved there is a significant commitment by all stakeholders to support the students, and we are confident we have opened up their minds to the world of work”.

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We are pleased to announce that following the completion of our 20 mile Offa’s Dyke challenge we have raised a total of £4190 for the Peekaboo Patrick Fund!

Over 20 people took part in the walk from Dyserth to Moel Famau and all the money raised will go directly to the fund. (For more information visit www.peekaboopatrick.com)

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Read Construction has been successful in securing the contract for the new multi-million pound health centre in Flint.

The company was awarded the contract earlier this month, contributing to their ongoing working relationship with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The £5m health centre will be a central point for the local community to access health and well-being services in a modern, purpose built facility.

In addition to the existing range of GP and community health services, the two storey primary care centre will provide services such as physiotherapy, adult mental health and an expanded range of consultant outpatient clinics.

Read have recently delivered a similar project for BCUHB, £3.2m Llangollen Health Centre, which has been nominated for a LABC Quality Award.

Ben Sidney, BCUHB project manager said: “We are looking forward to working with Read Construction again on this significant project and building upon our existing relationship, following the completion of Llangollen Health Centre.”

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Local construction company, Read Construction, has been shortlisted for three awards in the 2016 LABC Regional Building Awards.

The awards celebrate construction excellence in the industry, commending innovation, sustainability, outstanding craftsmanship and high performance.

The Wrexham based main contractor has been nominated for their delivery of Llangollen Health Centre, The Manado Town Shop at the Islands, Chester Zoo and a Private House in Flintshire.  

“Read are delighted to be shortlisted for three LABC Excellence Awards this year,” said Richard Heaton, managing director.

“The LABC awards recognise the best in the construction industry and to be shortlisted for the fifth consecutive year is an honour. We are thrilled to have received many exemplar remarks and appreciation from our clients for the nominated projects.”

Read are hoping to continue their success from last year, when their Shotton Primary School project won the regional award and was shortlisted for the national awards for Best Educational Building.

The regional awards evenings will be held on 15th April at Ewloe, Flintshire and Bolton, Greater Manchester.

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Read Construction is celebrating its success on two construction frameworks in North Wales and North West England.

Read, Wrexham based SME, are proving that construction frameworks are not just for larger, national companies. 

Having recently been awarded a place on the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) low value framework for projects between £500k and £2m, Read have secured a pipeline of work over the next four years. 

This adds to Read’s success on the North Wales Construction Framework (NWCF), from which Read have successfully tendered for and are currently delivering two projects with a total value of £15m. 

“Read Construction is a local contractor working alongside national contractors on the North Wales Construction Framework and have demonstrated and embraced a truly collaborative working culture across the Framework,” said Elaine Rizzi, Framework Manager. 

“Their knowledge and support has been paramount to the successful set up of two special interest groups. Read drive both groups in order to achieve tangible outputs that would make a difference to our clients, their knowledge and support and professionalism is evident at every stage.” 

Business improvement manager, Alex Read, commented: “We are proud to have secured a place on the NWCH low value framework, following our continued success on the North Wales Construction Framework. 

“Obtaining a place on these frameworks, alongside national contractors, proves that SMEs can demonstrate comparable capacities to larger contractors.” 

Read Construction will continue to build on their success on construction frameworks and develop long term, collaborative relationships with clients and are currently tendering for opportunities on both frameworks.
 

More information on the North Wales Construction Framework: http://bit.ly/224WZNO

More information on the North West Construction Hub: http://bit.ly/1P1a95n 

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Read Construction are hosting the 'Offa's Dyke Challenge' this May. The 20 mile walk begins at Dyserth, walking along the Offa's Dyke Path to Moel Famau.

All money raised will go to the Peekaboo Patrick Fund (more information at www.peekaboopatrick.com)

To join us on the challenge or to donate, contact:

fundraiser@readconstruction.co.uk / 01978 721950 

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Read Construction continues to demonstrate its commitment to promoting career opportunities in the construction industry to women.

The company is promoting equality and diversity in the construction industry and addressing the low percentage of women in the sector. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) estimate that around 11% of the construction workforce in Wales are female, with only 1% based on site. 

Read is supporting a Welsh Government initiative, Chwarae Teg, aimed at supporting women in Wales’ nine priority sectors. 

“These industries will be the powerhouses of Wales’ growth over the coming years and, as such, Agile Nation 2 will put women right at the heart of the country’s economic development,” said Joy Kent, Chwarae Teg Chief Executive. 

“By boosting the female contribution in these fields we are not only creating new opportunities but we’re helping those industries to prosper more through reaping the rewards of having diverse workforces.” 

Read Construction is working with Chwarae Teg to support five women in the company who will participate on a Career Development Programme, which includes accredited training from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). 

Managing Director, Richard Heaton, commented: “Read are committed to the development of our people and promote a diverse and inclusive workforce. Supporting the Women in Construction agenda is key to ensure the essential skills gap in the industry is filled with capable and keen people.” 

In a proactive step to encourage young women to consider a career in construction, Read’s ambassadors regularly attend CITB events. These include career fairs and promotion events such as the recent Colleg Llandrillo ‘Merched STEM Women Hub’ (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event in Anglesey, demonstrating how women can excel in the STEM professions where they are currently under-represented – despite out performing boys in STEM subjects in the classroom. 

“I would love to inspire as many girls as possible to consider going into a career in construction” said Jessica Rooney, aspiring Site Manager. “It’s a great industry to be in, there are so many opportunities and I want women to realise that it’s not an industry just for men.” 

Mark Bodger, Strategic Partnerships Director, CITB Wales, said: “We have worked with Read Construction to support their commitment to encouraging more women into the industry. With our latest Construction Skills Network figures predicting strong growth for the Welsh construction industry, forecasting 27,000 new jobs to be created in the next five years. It has never been so important to widen the pool of talent and attract a diverse workforce to the industry. 

“To inspire more people to the sector, industry working with CITB has recently launched Go Construct, an awareness campaign and bilingual web portal designed to encourage more people to consider a career in construction.” 

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Pupils at Hawarden Village Church School enjoyed having a glimpse of the new development on their school this week.

Read Construction developed a set of activities with the school to promote the importance of using sustainable materials and construction methods.

Site Manager, Darren Cartwright, gave representatives from the Eco-Committee a tour of the new link which will amalgamate the two school buildings.

Following the tour, Read’s CITB Ambassadors tasked pupils with designing a landscape which utilised the eco elements that they learnt about.

“I was delighted to be part of the team taking Hawarden School’s Eco-Committee for a tour around their new link building – the pupils were full of questions and enthusiasm” said Iolo Rhys, Environmental Manager.

“It’s important for the School to understand the eco-credentials of our work, such as the solar panels, locally sourced materials and energy saving features. We’re looking forward to returning in a couple of weeks’ time to help the committee deliver this message to their friends.”

Read will return to the school following half term when the committee will deliver a presentation to the school about sustainable building.

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Archaeologists have found evidence indicating that over 5000 years ago there were humans digging fire pits and lighting fires in the Llandudno Junction area.

The evidence was found on the site of the new school development, Ysgol Awel y Mynydd, where Main Contractor, Read Construction are currently in the initial phases of the project.

Matthew Nicholas, Read’s Site Manager commented: “The groundworks stage is well underway and on programme, having always included the archaeological brief. Together with our subcontractor Dave Cottle Civil Engineering Ltd, we are keen to promote responsible development practices and are continuing to work with the Archaeologists to ensure the recording of any features that may be unearthed through the enabling and groundworks stage of the project.”

Preliminary work undertaken by archaeologists from Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (GAT) on behalf of Conwy County Borough Council has uncovered evidence of prehistoric activity at the site. Limited excavation work conducted ahead of the main phase of the development identified two small pits that contained heat fractured stones and charcoal. The evidence retrieved indicates a temporary settlement, perhaps seasonally occupied or created whilst hunting. The charcoal was subsequently radiocarbon dated to the Early to Middle Neolithic (c.3800-3000 BC).

GAT Archaeologist Ken Owen said: “We sampled one of the pits and found there were charcoal fragments of oak and willow or poplar. The charcoal suggests this had been a fire pit, with the willow/poplar used as kindling to start the fire and the oak being the main fuel to maintain the fire. We know the fuel used was locally sourced wood, of species that are still present within the area.”

Gwynedd Archaeological Planning Service (GAPS) are monitoring all archaeological work associated with the development on behalf of CCBC ensuring that professional standards are met.

Stuart Reilly, GAT Archaeologist, said: “Further investigation may uncover other archaeological evidence such as more fire pits and/or other types of sites, such as burnt mounds. This is an exciting and interesting find, as it confirms prehistoric activity in this area at a time when humans were starting to live a more settled, agricultural, existence, whilst also maintaining elements of their former hunting and gathering lifestyle.”

Keep updated with the progress of the project on our community Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LlandudnoJunctionSchool 

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Local businesses are invited to meet the buyer at an event in Llandudno Junction, with the potential of working on a new school project.

Read Construction is looking to connect with local businesses at the free Meet the Buyer event. The new £11.49m dual-stream Primary School will have the capacity for 432 full-time and 60 part-time nursery pupils.

The main contractor would like to raise awareness to local businesses of the opportunities available and are looking to sub-contract within this project and a number of other projects in North Wales.

“Read have actively encouraged local supply chain involvement to schemes for many years and we’re committed as ever to engaging local companies at Ysgol Awel y Mynydd,” said Iolo Rhys. “This is an excellent opportunity to meet our team, discuss prospects and start or renew partnerships.”

To register your interest in the event, please send your name, company, telephone number and type of trade/service to general@readconstruction.co.uk.

Sub-contractors are invited to attend between 8.30am – 12.30pm on Friday 15th January at the Conwy Business Centre (Suite 5). No appointment necessary.

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Mae gwahoddiad i gwmniau lleol gyfarfod y prynnwr yng Nghyffordd Llandudno, gyda’r potensial i weithio ar brosiect adeiladu ysgol newydd.

Mae Read Construction, y prif gontractwr, yn gobeithio cysylltu gyda chwmniau lleol ar yr achlysur Cyfarfod y Prynnwr, gyda mynediad am ddim. Bydd yr Ysgol Gynradd ddwyieithog newydd, werth £11.49, yn cynnal 432 o blant llawn-amser a 60 o fabanod rhan-amser.

Hoffai’r prif gontractwr hyrwyddo y cyfleon sydd ar gael i fusnesau lleol, ac maent yn bwriadu isgontractio o fewn y prosiect yma a nifer o rai eraill yn ardal Gogledd Cymru.

“Mae Read wedi bod yn cefnogi cynlluniau i ddefnyddio cwmniau lleol ers blynyddoedd, ac rydym mor frwd ag erioed i gyfarfod â chwmniau o ardal Ysgol Awel y Mynydd” meddai Iolo Rhys. “Mae hwn yn gyfle ardderchog i gyfarfod â’n tîm, trafod posibiliadau, a chychwyn neu adnewyddu partneriaeth.”

Er mwyn nodi eich diddordeb yn y digwyddiad, gyrrwch eich enw, enw cwmni, rhif ffôn a math o grefft/wasanaeth i general@readconstruction.co.uk.

Mae gwhoddiad i isgontractwyr ddod rhwng 8:30am – 12:30pm dydd Gwener 15fed o Ionawr yng Nghanolfan Busnes Conwy (Suite 5). Does dim rhaid trefnu apwyntment.

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A local cause has received an early Christmas present after being chosen to receive the Read Christmas donation this year.

Patrick's parents set up the Peekaboo Patrick fund following the diagnosis of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI), a sensory processing disorder, shortly after his first birthday.

Peekaboo Patrick has been set up to raise money to help Patrick with his therapies and care, with the hope that in two years a major part of Patrick's vision, mobility and digestion challenges will have been resolved.

The fund also aims to raise awareness of cerebral visual impairment and the importance of early assessment and intervention, with the hope of supporting other families that are affected by CVI.

Read awards the annual charitable donation in lieu of sending Christmas cards each year.

Richard Heaton, Managing Director, said: "Charitable giving is rewarding for both the business and the recipient of the donation. We are particularly pleased to support Peekaboo Patrick this year as it is a cause close to the hearts of many at Read."

Find out more about Peekaboo Patrick by visiting: www.peekaboopatrick.com

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The sound of the Contract Award Bell rang through the Read Head Office again today as Read received the order for a major new contract.

The contract for a £1m Design and Build project at Wirral Metropolitan College includes refurbishment and alteration works to create a new STEM Centre within the existing 12 Quay Campus building.

Junior Estimator, Kate Jones, said: “Read are extremely pleased to have won this contract. This is the largest contract I have won to date and I look forward to seeing the project progress over the coming months.”

Read have started on site today and are scheduled to handover in March 2016.

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Read Construction is getting into the festive spirit this week in support of the local community and Text Santa charities.

Staff at the Read Head Office wore Christmas jumpers this Friday, raising money for the Text Santa charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish® UK and Save the Children. The money raised will give hope to families in difficulty at Christmas.

Read were also involved in decorating a Christmas tree at the local Church, along with other businesses and members of the local community. The decorated trees will be displayed as part of the Brymbo Christmas Tree Festival run by St Mary’s Church.

“Read are passionate about supporting the local community and charities,” said Alex Read, Business Improvement Manager. “The day has been a success, supporting such a worthwhile cause and getting everyone in the festive spirit.”
 

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Safety Mascot Ivor Goodsite visited local Primary School children last week to teach them about being safe around construction sites.

Pupils of Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed met the Considerate Constructors Scheme mascot, along with members of the Read Construction team. They were taught about the dangers of building sites and how to stay safe during the construction of their new school.

The talk came as part of the Community Benefits programme being delivered by Read during the construction of the new £11million dual-stream Primary School in Llandudno Junction.

“Involving the community in the project is important to us”, said Matthew Nicholas, Site Manager. “Talking to the schools with Ivor was a great way for the children to get an understanding of the project and allow them to ask any questions, whilst also teaching them vital health and safety rules and the importance of not going onto building sites.”

Alongside the visits from Ivor, Read are running a Safety Poster competition for the Schools. The winner will receive two cinema tickets and have their poster displayed around the construction site.

You can keep updated with the progress of the project on our Community Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/llandudnojunctionschool
 

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Members of Denbighshire County Council, Bodnant Community School and Read Construction have joined together for a column signing ceremony during the final stages of the structural steel erection works.

The event, held at Bodnant Community School, included speeches by Councillor Gwyneth Kensler (Chair of Denbighshire County Council), Eryl Williams (Lead Member for Education) and Richard Heaton (Read Construction Managing Director).

Visitors were given a tour of the construction site and updates on progress from Read Construction’s site team, Richard Smart (Site Manager) and Gareth Rowlands (Contracts Manager) before being invited to sign a column for posterity.

Councillor Eryl Williams, Denbighshire’s Lead Member for Education was delighted to see the progress being made on site. He commented that “the building is beginning to take shape and by walking into the Main Hall and the classrooms as they are being built has helped the school to imagine how it will look when works are completed over the summer of 2016. Denbighshire is delivering on its commitment to improve School Buildings across the County here in Prestatyn, together with works in Rhyl and very shortly in St Asaph."

"It is pleasing to note that we are working successfully again with Read Construction, following on from the successful partnership to deliver modern school facilities at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy, Cynwyd as part of the Welsh Government 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.”

Later in the project, a time capsule (provided by Read during the event) will be buried on the site after the school pupils have filled it with items that tell the history of the school, local area and life in 2015. The capsule will remain buried for the operational life of the building, where upon its exhumation will give the pupils of tomorrow a taste of life as it was in 2015.

Keep up to date with the work at Bodnant Community School with the Read Project Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/bodnantextension

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Read Construction have recently supported the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Conwy, by donating 10 bales of haylage for the Zoo's residents.

The hay was cut by a local farmer from the site of the new Llandudno Junction School, one of Read's latest projects which will see the construction of a newly established Community Primary School.

A local SME, Read are commited to supporting local communities through project specific Community Benefits programmes, investing in the local community to provide added value to the project delivery. The recent haylage donation is the first of many community benefits that Read will deliver through the Llandudno Junction School contract.

Jamie Toffrey, Welsh Mountain Zoo, commented "on behalf of the National Zoological Society of Wales, I would like to express our thanks for the donation of Haylage. As a registered charity, we are always grateful for donations such as these".

Like the Read Construction community engagement Facebook page to keep updated with construction news and community notices: http://on.fb.me/1NED5SV

Welsh Mountain Zoo: http://bit.ly/1P9r1Le 

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Read Construction continue to strengthen their long term working relationship with Besti Cadwaldar University Health Board (BCUHB) and Wrexham Maelor Hospital with the recent award of two Small Works projects following the successful delivery of a number of schemes.

Read are delighted to be starting a new four week programme for the refurbishment of the Heddfan Mental Health Unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Monday 19th October, having recently completed small works with the combined value in excess of £700k. The refurbishment is one of three small works schemes that Read Construction will be delivering for BCUHB over the coming months.

This latest project at Wrexham Maelor is one of several other schemes Read have carried out for BCUHB, including the recently completed Llangollen Health Centre project, a new build two storey primary health care unit.

Read Business Improvement Manager, Alex Read, commented: "The healthcare sector is an important work stream for Read and we are looking to continue building relationships with repeat local clients such as BCUHB, with whom we are currently tendering for the £5m Flint Medical Centre."

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Read Construction have renewed their accreditation to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety Management System) standards.

Since beginning the journey a little over three years ago, Read have brought business wide alignment through a targeted continuous improvement programme, which culminated with a successful external audit by ISOQAR.

The auditors were pleased to report no non-conformances, even remarking that "the feel of the company when walking onto the site was right".

Iolo Rhys, SHE Manager, commented: "I am delighted that Read have retained our triple-accreditation! It is clear to all involved that Read have developed a great deal in the three years since originally receiving our certificates and it is with great excitement that we start the next three year cycle looking to continue this improvement."

Each accreditation will continue to be instrumental in the delivery of quality assured projects and will assist the business in moving forward with all stakeholders.

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Wrexham based construction firm, Read Construction, have been succesful in securing the contract for the new build Llandudno Junction School.

The School will be built and developed by Conwy County Borough Council and Read Construction through joint funding with the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme, a programme which supports the ongoing investment in Schools in Wales.

The new School will form the amalgamation of two Primary Schools, Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed, which are both non-compliant with current standards and regulations for Schools. The newly established Community Primary School will teach pupils through either a Welsh First Language or Welsh Second Language/Bilingual Curriculum. The Dual Steam provision will be available for a capacity of 432 pupils as well as 60 Nursery places.

Read have a proven track record of delivering quality projects of this size, with the recently completed Ysgol Ty Fynnon Amalgamation project in Flintshire winning two LABC awards to date and being registered as a CEW Exemplar project.

Throughout the contract, Read are committed to investing in the local community to provide added value to project deliveries and Clients' investments through a Community Benefits Programme. Read's Community Benefits Plan includes providing talks for School children from the Health and Safety mascot, Ivor Goodsite, providing local employment opportunities and supporting regeneration and community engagement in the local area.

Richard Ellis Owen, Head of Education Services for Conwy County Borough Council, commented "the new School in Llandudno Junction is an important part of Conwy's Primary School Modernisation Programme. We're looking forward to closely working with the team at Read Construction to make this Project a reality and provide 21st Century facility and education for our pupils."

Stay updated with progress on the School on our Community Facebook Page here: www.facebook.com/LlandudnoJunctionSchool

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Read Construction has successfully completed their part of Chester Zoo’s Islands development, their largest project for Chester Zoo to date, continuing their successful collaborative relationship spanning over a decade.

The opening of the new attraction will boost tourism in the local area, bringing an extra 150,000 visitors to the zoo and importantly, help put a huge spotlight on the biodiversity and threatened species of South East Asia.

Chester Zoo, which welcomes 1.4million visitors a year, has been planning the Islands development for 5 years, and opened the first phase in July 2015. As one of the main contractors on the project, Read have helped to transform what was once an unoccupied part of the zoo into far-flung islands, with buildings that architecturally replicate those found on the South East Asian islands of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumba, Sulawesi and Sumatra.

Read Construction, a regional SME contractor has worked with the zoo team to ensure their commitment to sustainability was reflected throughout the project. Read are passionate about supporting the local supply and contributed environmental, economic and socially sustainable initiatives to ensure attainment of the national environmental standard, CEEQUAL. The project is estimated to bring a £3.3million increase in spend in the local and regional economy, with local businesses benefiting from the development. 

John Prichard-Taylor, Read commercial Executive commented: “The Islands project came with numerous challenges, but by working with the zoo and their professional teams, we have contributed towards a project that is world class in terms of its design, quality and sustainable credentials. Read are proud to have helped deliver this project and look forward to continuing to support the zoo in the future.”  

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Shotton Primary School project has landed Read Construction with the prestigious nomination.

Read Construction, a Wrexham, SME construction company, is extremely proud to be nominated for a national Construction Quality Award. The LABC Grand Finals will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2015 in London, where Read’s Ysgol Ty Fynnon project will be presented as the All Wales winner following its success in the county and regional heats. This nomination for quality delivery represents the latest in a string of accolades resulting from the project and the best practice, collaborative working arrangements between Read, Flintshire County Council (client) and key local supply chain partners. 

The project was used as a test bed for Read Construction and Flintshire Council in the delivery of a modern construction technique known as Building Information Modelling (BIM). The successful upskilling and implementation journey was shared through a number of North Wales Forums and Best Practice Clubs to dispel the myth and hype surrounding the BIM process. This open and honest sharing of lessons formed the basis of Read’s Special Recognition Award for Innovation from Constructing Excellence Wales (CEW) and the projects registration as a CEW Exemplar project. 

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Read cement their continued successful relationship with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) with the recent completion of the Llangollen Health Centre project.

This latest project with BCUHB involved the demolition of the former River Lodge Hotel and construction of a new two storey primary health care unit within the site. The Design and Build project combines modern innovative design with local materials and traditional construction techniques to deliver purpose built health care services for Llangollen and the surrounding area including GP and consulting rooms, pharmacy provision, reception and waiting area.

Read Business improvement Manager, Alex Read commented: “The healthcare sector is an important work stream for Read and we are looking to continue building relationships with repeat local clients such as BCUHB, with whom we have recently also completed approx. £1m of minor works at Wrexham Maelor and are currently tendering for the £5m Flint Medical Centre”

Read Managing Director, Richard Heaton, said: “It has been a pleasure working with Betsi Cadwaldar to bring this project to reality. We are confident that the users of the facility will be delighted with the work that was done. Read look forward to working with the Client in the future.”

During the Llangollen Health Centre project, Read’s team embraced the modern collaborative added value agenda to maximise local benefit and value through community engagement events, local educational support and local investment through employment and procurement.
 

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Read Construction will be leading as the main contractor for the upcoming partnering contract at Hawarden Village School, in partnership with Flintshire County Council, Betts Associates and Margden Heating Ltd.

Read has been successful in securing the contract for the Hawardan Village School Link Project as the main contractor, where they will work in partnership with Flintshire County Council, Betts Associates Ltd, Margden Heating Ltd and Fred Weston.

Read’s history of partnering with Flintshire County Council extends over ten years, with the successful relationship being founded on the best practice principles of collaborative working. The relationship has been recognised twice by Construction Excellence Wales with their award in 2008 for Integrated Supply Chain development and in 2014 for Innovation.

Matthew Jones, Development Manager, commented “Read are looking forward to working with our partners at Flintshire County Council to deliver a successful scheme which will see the amalgamation of two primary schools and the refurbishment of several key areas to existing buildings.”

The Hawarden Link project will include the construction of a new build covered link between the two schools that are currently separated and on two levels and the construction of a single storey building with a staff room and offices. There will also be refurbishments and adaptations to the current junior school to form a new school entrance, new toilet block and adaptations to the existing kitchen. As well as the interior refurbishments, there will be improvements to the external nursery play area and the resurfacing of the external playground areas.

Project updates will be posted on our website at www.readconstruction.co.uk once the project has commenced.

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Read Construction held an event in Brymbo this week for 15 pupils of Bryn Tirion Hall School, together with the Institution of Civil Engineers and Anwyl Construction.

Pupils between the ages of 13 and 16 were invited to take part in building a miniature version of the Second Severn Crossing, using a model cable-stayed bridge, experiencing bridge building at first hand.

The pupils learnt about important Health and Safety issues, wearing hard hats, high-vis vets, gloves and goggles to build the bridge. They developed team building skills, splitting into two teams and assigning tasks to one another. Once complete, each pupil had the opportunity to walk across the bridge to test their engineering skills.

Following the activity, the pupils had the opportunity to meet with some members of the Read team, including a Quantity Surveyor, Development Manager, Construction Graduate and Health, Safety and Environmental Manager to ask questions about the different roles available in a construction company.

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Read Construction have won both the Regional and National awards from the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) for Best Educational Project in 2015.

In April this year, Read won the Regional Award for Best Educational Project for the Shotton Primary School project. Following the win, they were shortlisted for the National Award.

The £9 million project was a new build BREEAM Excellent school which formed an amalgamation of Shotton Infant Primary School and Taliesin Junior Primary School, providing two separate teaching areas.

Richard Heaton, Managing Director, collected the award earlier this week from Flintshire Council. He commented, “Building on our long standing relationship with Flintshire County Council, we are delighted to have received many exemplar remarks and appreciation from Members within the Council Chamber. All at Read are justifiably proud of our working relationship and mutual respect with all stakeholders.”

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Read Construction are holding a Meet the Buyer event on Thursday 28th May 2015 from 9.30am – 12.30pm at Bodnant Community School, Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 9LJ

Read Construction is looking to connect with local businesses with the potential of working on the construction of the Ysgol Bodnant extension. The extension and refurbishment of the school, which is set to be completed in May 2016, will allow 420 full time pupils and up to 60 part time nursery pupils to attend the school.

Read Construction would like to raise awareness to local businesses of the opportunities that they are looking to sub-contract within this project and a number of other projects in North Wales.  

Iolo Rhys, Read Construction, commented: “Read have actively encouraged local supply chain involvement to schemes for many years and we’re committed as ever to engaging local companies at Ysgol Bodnant. This is an excellent opportunity to meet our team, discuss prospects and start or renew partnerships”.

Read are specifically, but not exclusively, targeting the following trades:

·         Asbestos Removal

·         Balustrading

·         Blinds

·         Ceramic Tiling

·         Fencing

·         Junckers Flooring

·         Labour only Joiners, Labourers and MSO’s

·         Landscaping

·         Masonry

·         Rendering (StoRend)

·         Road Markings

·         Soft Play Surfacing

·         Specialist Play Ground Equipment

·         Speedzip Roofing

·         Structural Steelwork

Read Construction operate all across North Wales, so the opportunities for suppliers to engage with the company are not limited to the Bodnant School project.

To register your interest in the event, please send your name, company, telephone number and type of trade/service to general@readconstruction.co.uk.

Sub-contractors are invited to attend between 9.30am – 12.30pm at Bodnant Community School, Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 9LJ. No appointment is necessary.

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The community is at the heart of Read Construction's latest project of a new medical centre for Betsi Cadwaldr

At the beginning of the Llangollen Health Centre project, the construction team discovered a rare and protected species of bat living in a building that was scheduled to be demolished. To get the community involved in the preservation of the bats, Read organised a community project which involved the staff and students at Ysgol y Gwernant Primary School.

In an effort to find a workable solution for the preservation of the bats, Read Construction worked with the school on a scheme called 'Writing for a Purpose'. The company asked students from Year 5 and 6 to develop a fact sheet - which will later be distributed in the community - showing the importance of protecting bats, facts of different bat species and populations in and around Llangollen. They were also asked to make recommendations on what should be included in a new building that would be used for returning bats to roost in.

Active participation in the project was encouraged, and so members of the school's Eco Committee also visited the work site to learn about the eco materials and design elements used in the construction process.

Head Teacher of Ysgol y Gwernant, Bethan Jones, is delighted with the school's involvement in the project. She commented: "The teachers are very positive about the response and enthusiasm shown by the children. I think what's really beneficial is that they're writing for a purpose. They also know about the building project and are very keen to complete work of a high standard."

The new medical centre is set to be completed in July 2015.

For further information visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF5LXPSrYu0 

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Construction firm Read Construction, based in Wrexham, North Wales, has endeavored to exceed client expectations for over two decades. Earlier this month, the company announced their work on Shotton Primary School has been shortlisted for the Leadership & People Development Award 2015, one of their many successful school projects across North West England and Wales.

Read Construction has built a reputation for providing premium construction services at affordable rates. Known for their work at schools in the local area over the last 20 years, the Wrexham based company were recently happy to announce that they have been shortlisted for the Leadership & People Development Award 2015 for their impressive work on the Shotton Primary School. In previous years, the company have won the Integration Collaboration Award and Special Recognition for the Innovation Award.

“We're very proud to receive these honours,” commented a spokesperson from Read Construction. “We take great pride in our work and being recognized for it is something we greatly appreciate.”

 “From the onset Reads were a company that worked in true partnership with the existing schools,” commented the Chair of Governors. “The children were involved and interested and the team took many opportunities to engage the children and answer their questions in order to ensure that they felt part of the amalgamation process. I cannot praise Reads highly enough. Now that the move is complete we can fully appreciate the building and all that it offers to our children. I would like to thank all involved for their contribution and for their considerate awareness of the needs of a working school.”

The Shotton Primary School project moved smoothly, and has been widely praised by the people who had a chance to witness it firsthand.

In addition to this success, Read Construction have filled three graduate positions in the company with bright young professionals who they have trained, monitored and supported over the last year. The graduates have gained valuable experience by working with the company’s business champions on complex projects; and are very likely to play a large role in the company's growing success in the future.

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Pupils at Bodnant Community School in Prestatyn welcomed an unusual visitor this week. Ivor Goodsite, a creation of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, came to see the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 children to deliver an important safety message.

Ivor was joined by Richard Smart, the Contracts Manager from Read Construction. Richard delivered a presentation about the hazards of building sites and the procedures in place to help keep everyone safe. Richard said, “Site safety is crucial and is particularly important when working on a school site when the children are at school.

Ivor helps us get the safety message across in a way the children understand.”

Helen Vernon, Bodnant’s head teacher commented, “The children listened well and asked many questions regarding the build. This was a worthwhile talk to help the children understand the importance of safety when a building site is so close by.”

Read Construction is making good progress with the creation of the new staff and visitors’ car park and kitchen upgrade. Work on the new extension for the Foundation Phase is set to begin in May/June.

The extension and refurbishment project at Bodnant Community School is being funded jointly by Denbighshire County Council and Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

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Award Winning Construction Company, Read Construction has formed a partnership with equipment and tools hire company, HSS Hire.

HSS Hire Shops supplies Read with tools and equipment hire and have been delivering these services to Read for a number of years. Over time they have developed a thriving relationship. The decision to partner with HSS Hire was a strategic move by Read and in keeping with the company's mission to increase corporate partnerships to deliver local legacy value.

The partnership will involve the pooling of resources, collaboration of local suppliers and education establishments to maximise the long term value of any engagement activities. A number of groups are set to benefit from the partnership including: supporting charities, community groups activities and third sector organizations. Ultimately, the partnership will add greater value than these organisations can individually achieve through Read’s varied and local authority client base.

When asked about the decision to partner with HSS Hire, Read Constructions Business Improvement Manager Alex Read, said: "Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility underpins our business operations and Read is committed to enhancing the value of business expenditure by reinvesting locally. Our partnership with HSS will result in a significant collective pool of resources to deliver real legacy value. We look forward to developing a program of engagement activity over a number of years to include local community groups, charities, 3rd sector organisations and further education establishments.”

Read Construction continues to strive for maximum local value of capital investments and the recent partnership with HSS Hire is just another step towards this goal. The company is dedicated to helping people and communities grow through their ongoing skills investment, training and employment support. They are intent on creating a lasting legacy which will provide a strong foundation for future success

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The Blue Coat School building in Upper Northgate Street, Chester, has been reopened following its transformation into 'The Bluecoat' centre for charities and voluntary organisations.

Restoration work with a value in excess of £600k was carried out by Read Construction on the building during 2014, with a contract lasting 30 weeks.

The building, which had been left empty for 4 years, has been brought back to life with a full refurbishment including completely new mechanical and electrical systems being installed to current standards.

Included in the refurbishment work was the installation of new disabled access lifts and platforms throughout the building, including a main lift from ground to first floor.

The Grade II* listed building dates from 1717 when a charity school for boys from poor families was built on the site of St John's, a medieval hospital. Phil Molyneux, Site Manager, commented that "the biggest challenge was the difficulties working on a Grade II* listed building. We overcame this through close liaison with the conservation and client teams".

During the work, Roman walls and footpaths were uncovered, as well as half a human skeleton of a girl between the ages of 17-21. The bones were taken by archaeologists and dated to the 17th Century, when the grounds that the building is on were used for a medieval hospital.

The Bluecoat building was opened by the Duke of Westminster. He commented that "the Bluecoat building has always been such an impressive and such an important landmark within Chester. It's great to see it has been resurrected in a cause such as this".

Richard Heaton, Managing Director of Read Construction commented that he felt "pride and joy" at the official opening. "Pride in Read's exception delivery and joy in viewing the outstanding restoration works, the sustainability of the refurbished building and future proofing its landmark status to the delight of our client and building users".

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Read Construction Holdings Ltd was back in the spotlight again when they were re-presented with an award by Flintshire Council. Back in July, Read was awarded by Construction Excellence Wales for their commitment to collaborative working and innovative use of BIM and the passion shown by the team.

The council re-presented the award on October 22, 2014 to Read's Managing Director, Richard Heaton, at a full council chamber meeting in consideration of the importance and exemplar recognition of this award.

Three county councillors were in attendance at the meeting and each reinforced the Local Authority's recognition and delight at the achievements of the company's delivery team at large.

Managing Director of the company, Richard Heaton, said: "Read are delighted together with our partners at Flintshire County Council to have delivered an exemplar, award winning project. It is a beacon for educational delivery within Flintshire and a facility for others to follow."

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Read Construction Holdings Ltd' prevailing commitment to excellence resulted in the company being shortlisted for the CITB Outstanding Employer (SME) in the 'Pride of Construction' Awards.


The Pride of Construction Awards recognises and celebrates key contributions made by individuals, companies and training partners to the industry. Read was among three SMEs shortlisted for the award. The company was shortlisted based on its best practice ethos which involves continuous training and development, mentorship of trainees and its ongoing creation of opportunities for young people as work experience, tasters and placements.


When asked about what being shortlisted meant to Read, Business Improvement Manager of the company, Alex Read, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the CITB National Awards Outstanding Employer (SME). This recognises our continuing commitment to development of graduates and trainees, in addition to retention and continual professional development of existing staff.”


The CITB Awards ceremony was held on September 10, 2014, and though Read did not clinch the award, they are still basking in the fact that their excellence earned them a place in the top three Outstanding Employer (SME).
 

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On Friday the 4th of July, 500 people from Wales’ leading construction companies gathered at the “Constructing Excellence Wales” annual awards at City Hall, Cardiff. The evening was an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate projects that have delivered best practice, proving that collaborative working is the best way to meet Government targets whilst delivering first class infrastructure for Wales.

Read Construction, from Brymbo, were delighted to receive the “Special Recognition Award” for innovation, as well as an “Exemplar” certificate for their new primary school project at Ysgol Taliesin, Shotton. These awards recognise the efforts of the team to deliver innovative solutions and share knowledge as an example for others to learn from.

The CEW panel acknowledged “The tremendous commitment to collaborative working and the innovative use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the passion shown by the team. It is a brave step by an SME embracing the principles of new ways of working. Read are clearly passionate towards building integration and sharing of work process changes and this openness to sharing information and experiences is a breath of fresh air that should be recognised”.

Alex Read, Business Improvement Manager, added “We’re absolutely delighted to have received recognition for our continued efforts in integrated work practices and collaboration, from the highest calibre awards body in the Welsh built environment. The team at Shotton, including Flintshire County Council and Lovelock Mitchell architects, have embraced the latest advances in collaboration and design technology, which we look forward to embracing on future projects.”

These awards are demonstration of the whole team commitment to delivery of best practice, which has been separately recognised in the recent appointment of Read to the North Wales 21st Century Schools and Public Buildings Framework, through which Read look forward to continued collaborative working arrangements with the North Wales local authorities and supply chain.

http://www.cewales.org.uk/awards/
http://www.cewales.org.uk/cew/wp-content/uploads/Winners-Brochure4.pdf

 

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Recently voted as the UK’s best Animal Attraction in the 2014 Group Travel Awards, Chester Zoo are continuing their development and enhancement of the visitor experience with the appointment of Read Construction to the second phase of the Islands project – reported to be the biggest and most ambitious development in UK zoo history.

Read have a long and successful history of partnership with Chester Zoo – a relationship extending back over 10 years, having delivered over 20 projects including The Jaguar House, Butterfly House, Island In Danger, Tsavo Café and Elephant Enclosure. The most recent of which was the Jubilee Quarter around the main entrance, developed to commemorate the Queens Jubilee celebrations.

Alex Read, Business Improvement Manager stated “We are delighted to have secured this major project with the Zoo, which has already led to the creation of 1 full time position within the business. The award of a large scale, prestigious project to an SME of our size means safeguarded jobs and confidence”

John Prichard-Taylor, Commercial Manager added ”Having come a close second to a national contractor for the construction of the Indonesian show house, Read are delighted to have secured the Islands work package 2, to deliver the associated structures, bridges and look forward to a mutually successful project”.

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During the past twelve months Read Construction Holdings Ltd have been successfully engaged in constructing significant extensions and carrying out almost total refurbishment of the existing School at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy in Cynwyd. 

Footballs, goals and other sports equipment have been provided through Read Construction’s Community Benefit programme for use on the new Multi Use Games and Activities all weather surface court which has been provided as part of the project. 

Eirian Owain, Head Teacher, said: “A new chapter begins at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy with the building of an extension and complete refurbishment of the present school by Read Construction which without doubt is an inspirational development. This exciting project has provided excellent, modern facilities at Cynwyd which will benefit pupils, staff and members of the wider community leading to the creation of a school fit for the 21st century. ”

Wil Jones, Contracts Manager, added: ”The requirement to minimise adverse impact on the live school throughout this multi phased project brought about its unusual sequencing and programming challenges. To this end, both myself and our Site Manager would like to thank all the staff and pupils at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy for their patience and understanding during the works”.

Wynne Davies, Construction Director, commented: “What we managed to achieve at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy, within the given timescales and in the live school environment, is quite amazing and couldn’t have been achieved without excellent collaborative planning between the client team and our site team along with an extremely tolerant Head Teacher and Senior staff members, who from start to finish demonstrated a particularly proactive and positive attitude which has led to an extremely positive outcome that we at Read Construction are proud to have contributed.”
 

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Wales is full of great construction projects, but most of the ones we highlight have been completed and assessed – rarely do we report on a live scheme that you can watch day by day and sometimes even hour by hour. So we want to introduce you to Shotton Primary School on Deeside, Flintshire. It is simply a great example of what a small Welsh local authority client can achieve working with local designers and a local SME contractor, and you can track its progress via a web site run by its main contractor, Read Construction.

One of the best parts of the project is the application of BIM which is delivering savings in terms of time and money. What’s more, over half of the budget for the build has been allocated to local organisations in the supply chain – despite its proximity to the border with England. The headlines for the scheme are worth celebrating too - almost 90% of the supply chain has been paid within 30 days; around 90% of construction waste has been diverted from landfill and over 100 weeks of training, apprenticeships and work experiences have already been delivered. All of this has happened within a highly collaborative relationship where the client, designers and contractor have worked together from a very early stage.

Aled Roberts, AM and Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister, visited the site with CEW last week and said “I will be urging the Welsh Government to promote the example of Flintshire’s new Shotton primary school as a blueprint for building new schools in the future. What is demonstrated here is a new approach to design and construction, integrating the work of council officials, developer and architect - this helps to ensure that a building project is finished on time and within budget. I was pleased to discuss this new building methodology with the Deputy Leader of Flintshire, Bernie Attridge.”

Ed Evans, CEW Director, said: “With the NWales Schools framework about to commence this is a great example of what can be achieved through collaborative procurement practices and early integrated team working. If these successes can be replicated across north Wales through our CEWales Exemplar Programme they will deliver significant returns on public sector investment and huge benefits for local communities across the north.”

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Warm appreciation for a donation given in lieu of sending 2013 Christmas cards has been extended to Read by Cancer Research Wales. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of supporters, more than £2million has been spent on cancer research in the past year and in March 2013 an additional £1.5million of funding to support research into personalised cancer treatments was announced.

Kind appreciation has also been received from Save the Children for whom fundraising was undertaken by partaking in a Christmas Jumper Day. Save the Children helps to make a life changing difference for children all over the world and works in 120 countries including the UK.

In addition to our Christmas donation to both Cancer Research and Save the Children, a donation was presented to the Alzheimer’s Society as a sponsor of the Chester Marathon.

Read’s Managing Director, Richard Heaton stated: “Charitable giving is so rewarding for both the business and our people at large and we take great delight in supporting exceptional people and organisations.”
 

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Read's head office joined in with the seasonal merriment on Friday 13th December!  Members of staff showed their vibrant and festive support to Save the Children's campaign for National Christmas Jumper Day.

The money raised will help save children's lives in some of the toughest parts of the world.  The day gathered great support for the charity and capped off another charitable year on a positive note.

Health & Safety Manager, Iolo Rhys said: "The day was a success!  It's not easy to get into the Christmas spirit when there's still work to be done, but supporting such a worthwhile cause gave the office a timely lift!"

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The “Contract Award” bell chimed with great pride when Trainee Estimator Kate Myatt rang for the first time.

Having worked within the Estimating Department for a number of years, Kate has now developed to facilitate appropriate bids with minimal support from the Department at large.

Senior Estimator Jason Maxwell said “I can remember winning my first job; likewise this moment will live with Kate for the rest of her life, the challenge now is to develop on this and help build up Kate’s abilities and confidence. It’s a great day for the Estimating Department to see Kate win her first job.”
 

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Construction work has started on a brand new Flying Start Childcare Centre in Connah`s Quay, North Wales.

The sod cutting ceremony was attended by Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for tackling poverty in Wales; Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant; Flintshire Council Leader Aaron Shotton and Councillor Christine Jones, Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for social services.

Due to open in September next year, the centre will offer childcare services, parenting programmes and health sessions to 48 local families – double its current capacity.

A Welsh Government grant of £825,000 is paying for the purpose-built centre.

Mr Gething said:

“The expansion of our Flying Start programme is progressing well in Flintshire and over 1,000 children will be supported through the programme this year.

The Welsh Government has invested just over £1.2 million in capital projects to support the roll out of Flying Start across the county. This has enabled us to create high quality settings for Flying Start children and families within communities in Flintshire.”

Richard Heaton, Read's Managing Director said:

"To be working with Flintshire County Council again on yet another innovative project is exceptionally pleasing.  The Deputy Minister was totally enthused by the project and very interested in all aspects of the project delivery.  We look forward to welcoming the Deputy Minister back to view the completed works."

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Before winter draws in and site works become increasingly disrupted by harsh weather, staff health was at the forefront of company agenda today. Site operatives were called to attend both a company occupational health assessment and face-mask fitting training.

In line with Read’s commitment to Investors in People, site operatives were examined for hearing loss and hand-arm vibration syndrome; key concerns that have arisen in construction health and safety agenda in recent years. Following the staff occupational health sessions, face-mask fitting exercises were also conducted to test whether the PPE was fitted properly, to assess the effectiveness of current face-masks and to engage in consultation with site workers regarding issues and queries with respiratory protection procedures.

The above training provided a useful forum for refreshing operatives’ knowledge and understanding of site health and safety and in addressing the HSE’s recent drive on refurbishment project targets.

"Undertaking the face-mask fitting training provided a valuable insight into PPE procedures whilst also enhancing my development and learning progression with Read."
Ian Lloyd Jones - Construction Graduate

"Despite looking a bit like a spaceman, I acknowledge and value the importance of completing these types of safety measures."
Elliot Edwards - Site Operative

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From a harsh Winter's snow covered site, to the end of a lovely Summer's evening, progress on the Llangefni Police Hub is nearing completion.

This new central control facility will enhance the effectiveness of policing within North West Wales.

Project Manager Richard Smart: "I will remember our Llangefni Police Hub contract as a project that blossomed through the seasons, and our glorious summer.  From a technical view, as ever, all projects have individual challenges and learning; however the collaboration of all stakeholders on this project has been exceptional.  A pleasure to deliver."

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This week we received excellent feedback from both the Design Teams and Clients on two contracts, Woodhouse Farm and Upton Hall School; clearly the effectiveness of our delivery is being acknowledged.

On both contracts the collective Read project delivery team was thanked, with special acknowledgement to the Site Managers, Steve Day at Upton Hall School and Matthew Nicholas at Woodhouse Farm.

The importance of addressing, or exceeding, both the Design Team and Clients' needs appropriately positions us for long term relationships and our future workload.

Congratulations Steve / Matt; you are the face of Read on site and you have both been appropriately recognised by others for addressing the Design Team and Clients' needs.

To the Project Delivery Teams At Large and All Supporting Staff, thank you, we are doing some really good work, well done all.

As we say "Delivering best practice through continuous improvement".

Richard

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Alex Read attended the first Regional BIM HUB Committee meeting yesterday, the aim of which is to raise awareness through the regional construction industry. Interested parties are invited to join the HUB to receive information by emailing their expression of interest to the HUB Chairman, Dave Roberts (robertdav (at) deeside.ac.uk).

Alex has been appointed a Regional BIM Champion for North Wales and will be engaging with the construction industry at grass roots providing valuable feedback to the BIM core team.

Further information on the BIM Regional Hub Wales.

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Read's ongoing commitment to the Investors in People Standard continues successfully throughout its ninth year and onwards with the achievement of a fourth triennial accreditation.

Richard Heaton, Managing Director stated: "The IIP Wales Centre has accepted recommendation that Read Construction Holdings Ltd should continue to be accredited as an Investor in People.  Congratulations are in order, collectively, for all the contributions and hard work undertaken to ensure the continued achievement of this rigorous National Standard."

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Heather Jones, BSc (Hons); MCIOB; MBEng; Building Control Team Leader (North), Powys County Council, presented to Construction Director, Wynne Davies, the Award for the Best Community / Healthcare Building in Powys. 

This concludes in total five LABC Awards for 2013.

Heather stated "It was a pleasure working with Read, all aspects of the project were exceptionally well managed on site and throughout the building control process.  To receive five Awards in a single year, and with a succession of Awards over a number of years, clearly demonstrates the quality of Read's delivery; we need to continue this excellent relationship with Powys".

The facility is now exceptionally busy, supporting patients' needs within North Powys and beyond.

Managing Director, Richard Heaton stated "We are delighted to receive such positive feedback from Heather with regards to the effectiveness of the project.  All within our business; supply chain, design team, client and end users are proud to be associated with such an excellent facility.  A joy to deliver".

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Read is a founding member of the North Wales based ‘Shared Apprenticeship Scheme’ which commences 2013. The programme supports both individuals and businesses commensurate with both individual and business needs. This flexible programme will allow the development of people despite the impact of a continued downturn within the Sector.

Read’s apprentice mentor, Ian Hughes: “We look forward to the development of this new initiative, embracing the development of people”.
 

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Supporting Read Construction’s commitment to BIM and SME development, Richard Heaton (Read Managing Director) was invited to present at the National BIM4SME launch event in London, outlining Read’s experiences to date and sharing the lessons learnt to help and support other SME’s on their BIM journey.

The event was attended by over 200 delegates, representing SME organisations across the built environment sector. The event was also in attendance of Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Advisor to Government; David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation for the Cabinet Office and Chloe Smith, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, who summed up the event, stating:

“The BIM4SME group provides an important voice for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are looking to develop and use digital technologies.

We know BIM is a great leveller and can help SMEs compete with much bigger organisations. It's proving a catalyst for growth for the SME community, helping them to move into new and bigger markets by unlocking new, more efficient ways of working.

The UK is fast becoming a world leader in BIM, and as every central government construction project will be BIM-enabled by 2016, innovative SMEs will be amongst the trailblazers to help the industry maintain its position and stimulate growth, both here and abroad."

Tim Platts (BIM4SME Chair) thanked Read for their ongoing contribution:

“Read’s invaluable support and assistance in helping launch BIM4SME in London recently is greatly appreciated by the group and their presentation on the benefits of BIM from the perspective of a medium sized contractor sent out a very strong message that BIM is for all as further endorsed by the Minister.”

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Read Construction is delighted to announce that Brookfield Primary School, Flintshire has been awarded the North Wales LABC Building Excellence Awards 2013 for Best Educational Building.

The awards, celebrated annually, recognise the exceptional standards of design, construction and workmanship.

Dawid Cloete, Site Manager at Brookfield Primary School, said “This project was delivered to a very high standard and one of the most important factors was the co-operation and excellent relationship between the Construction Team and the Local Authority, to ensure that innovative and practical solutions were developed, for often difficult and challenging site conditions and details.”

Brookfield Primary School joins a long list of previous prestigious awards. Richard Heaton, Managing Director of Read Construction commenting on award:

"We congratulate our project construction teams who delivered  exceptionally high standards throughout the project. The School has been designed and constructed to an Award winning standard providing the very best learning environment for the pupils, staff and users.  We are exceptionally proud that this award clearly reaffirms Read’s credibility as the premier provider of educational projects in North Wales. Working together with all stakeholders we have delivered a beacon of educational excellence, an Exemplary Project".
 

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Read demonstrate their ECO ability in the delivery of Knauf Insulation’s new ‘Eco Warehouse' development at St Helens.

A key driver for the 14 month programme of enabling works was the reclamation of derelict land, clearing undergrowth, treatment of Knotweed, removal of hazardous waste and extraction of re-useable materials.

The reclamation of on-site materials resulting from the enabling project include:

  • Trees to Biomass.
  • Wood Chip and mulch for soft landscaping.
  • Pre-screening of all excavated materials, recovering top soils and recyclable materials.
  • Crushing and rescreening to produce.
  • Aggregates for both sub base and various sized pipe beddings.
  • Coarse sand/ grit materials for service duct fill.

Richard Heaton, Read’s Managing Director: “As a client, Knauf truly understand the added value to partnering and through our collaborative appointment on their new Warehouse project, we continue to enhance the ECO credentials of the development, securing significant financial and environmental savings in terms of landfill, transportation and raw material extraction of various construction materials. Our specialist knowledge as the ‘process experts’ supports Knauf’s corporate responsibility in driving exceptionally cost effective and sustainable project delivery.”

Project Architect Craig Barron, Managing Director of Barron Design Ltd: “The Eco Warehouse at St Helens is an exemplar of partnering to achieve a Client’s time and cost constraints but still deliver their corporate commitment to environmental sustainability. Read engaged with the Client and the Design Team in a positive and proactive manner to fully understand the Client’s requirements in terms of time, cost, safety and sustainability. Read effectively communicated the project criteria with their supply chain and delivered an outstanding service which has exceeded the Client’s expectations and is now a ‘model for future environmentally sustainable development’ at the St Helens plant.”

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Overall Winner in Powys for the new renal unit at Victoria Memorial Hospital, Welshpool in the Best Community / Healthcare Buildings category.  This scheme has also been nominated to go forward into the finals of the LABC South Wales Excellence Awards.

Best Educational Building in Flintshire for Ysgol Gynradd Cae'r Nant, Connah's Quay.

Finalist North West Region for Best Large Commercial Building at Woodhouse Farm, Aldford and Best Small Commercial Building at Chester Zoo Main Entrance.

Managing Director of Read, Richard Heaton stated "Read are delighted by this triple recognition, each within separate local authorities, clearly demonstrating our ability to deliver quality throughout the region."

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Shotton Primary School Press Release

Supported by Read Construction and Lovelock Mitchell, Flintshire County Council (FCC) is leading the way in Wales by embracing the BIM method of building design and operational management.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has increasingly become the word on everyone’s lips in the construction industry and this is in no way a fashionable fad: the way buildings are designed and operated is changing and if you are not part of the steam roller, you are part of the road!

Through a Quality / Cost tender process, FCC appointed Read Construction Holdings Ltd (Read) as Principle Contractor for the new Shotton Amalgamated Primary School in May of this year. The innovative, added value offered by Read included BIM Consultancy through their regular team partner Lovelock Mitchell Architects.

Even prior to the construction phase, Read have appreciated the value that BIM brings – not only from the designer’s point of view, but also directly to them as a Main Contractor. The design stage benefits are clear to all:
• Improved information flow
• Effective evaluation of design options result in cost certainty
• Visual benefits through design visualisation
Efficiency of design and options appraisal
Co-ordinated operational database for in-use building management

Read acknowledge the input of specialists, having engaged Lovelock Mitchell Architects who have been using BIM as their principle design platform for all projects since 2008 and are independently certified professional users. For Lovelock Mitchell, BIM has entirely replaced AutoCAD as the way design information is prepared and presented.

Similar input has been secured through the appointment of Capita Symonds, who wholeheartedly support this process through the provision of structural design in a BIM format with further specialist support currently being reviewed for the building services elements to further enhance the BIM integrated approach and ensure full clash detection and design co-ordination.

Read & FCC have seen the future for public sector procurement with the Welsh Assembly’s target of all publicly funded projects being Level 2 BIM Compliant by 2015, and are leading the rest of the region in their early adoption of BIM into their procurement protocols. This project is as such, put forward as a Constructing Excellence Exemplar project, demonstrating how Level 2 BIM Compliant project can be delivered NOW by regional SME’s on a complex and exciting new Primary School for the Local Community.
 

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Work at North Wales Police new Operational Police Hub in Llangefni temporarily grinds to a halt with the winter blues; fortunately for Read the Police helicopter is maintaining an interest!

Contracts Manager Damian Bryan stated "Despite an exceptionally wet winter and some significant periods of freezing conditions the site is progressing well, however we are all looking forward to long warm summer days!"

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Despite the snow, the cold and the usual winter congestion, works have got off to a flying start at Upton Hall School new teaching block.

Read are working with Cunliffes Design Services, Liverpool to deliver this design and build construction project, which will be completed Summer 2013.

Richard Heaton, Read’s Managing Director said “Upton Hall School is recognised as a centre of Educational excellence , having been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2006 and 2009, we are delighted to have been commissioned to execute this project”.
 

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“Read’s long term relationship with Manitou continues, with the addition of a MT 1440 to our fleet” stated Richard Heaton, Read’s Managing Director.

Manitou’s Main Agent, Hessle, from Castleford, West Yorkshire has supported Read’s needs adding specialist knowledge with reference to Read’s Roto MRT 1432. Read’s fleet of Manitous now comprises in excess of ten machines.

“The very specialist nature of the Roto is able to address the needs of confined and constrained sites, it’s a thinking man’s machine” stated Richard Smart, Read’s Project Manager, on a recently completed factory remodelling contract. “On reflection, I don’t know how we could have addressed the access and egress logistics without the Roto, it came into its own on the shutdown, with 24 hours per day working throughout, supporting the needs of all of the specialist contractors and installation engineers” added Richard.

Meanwhile the smallest machine in the fleet, a MLT 523, is in constant demand. This small versatile machine is excellent on our small single storey builds, external works and landscaping projects. Richard Heaton stated “The only issue we have with our Manitou material handling resources is we have ever increasing demands for the MLT 523, at the appropriate time I can see another MLT 523 within the fleet. Clearly standardisation within the fleet allows for the sharing of attachments, creating efficiency within our capital investment programme.”
 

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Following a targeted improvement programme, business wide alignment and external audit by ISOQAR, Read were accredited to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety Management System) on 7th November 2012.

The ISO audit team were delighted with the implementation of the business operating procedures and legal compliance throughout the business from the head office to the smallest sites and multi-million pound projects.

Alex Read; Read’s Business Improvement Manager stated: “By developing our internal systems and people skills to deliver best practice at all levels, our management systems have matured with the business over the past eight years. These accreditations have been awarded in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the entire Read team (of which we are exceptionally proud) and will prove instrumental in the delivery of quality assured projects to assist the business in moving forward with all stakeholders.”

Richard Heaton; Read’s Managing Director stated: “We recognise this accreditation as a milestone in the progress of our business maturity model, where achieving these standards is not considered the end of the alignment and compliance journey, but the beginning of the next chapter in our continuous improvement programme. Thanks to the hard work of our people we have achieved this goal and it is now down to the continuing dedication of our people to maintain the standard and drive value through continuous improvement.”
 

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Chester Racecourse new family friendly restaurant is underway.

The White Horse Restaurant will be located within the parade enclosure and will be open throughout the year. The 100-seater restaurant will replace marquees currently used on race days. The new restaurant will be inclusive of a rooftop viewing platform in prime location next to main paddocks.

Chester Racecourse Company, which opened Restaurant 1539, named after the year racing first took place on the famous Roodee, in 2008 and earlier this year The Weighing Room bar and restaurant in Commonhall Street, Chester said this latest development ‘will enhance existing daytime tourist attractions in the city and encourage greater use of the public space in the centre of the course’.

Read’s Managing Director Richard Heaton commented “Being awarded the contract to build a prestigious new restaurant in the heart of one Britain’s most well-known racecourses is a real honour”.

Project completion is March 2013.
 

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Lee Bell, Site Manager at Brookfield Primary School, facilitated an interactive learning set with the pupils of Class 3 - Melyn on key elements of the construction process for works to the new school.  Pictures of various construction activities were used as an aid to open up discussion and explain the key areas of learning.

First on the agenda was Health & Safety, followed by a review of construction plans and drawings, which engaged the enthused children.

Various building tools were shown to the children, with an explanation of how and when to use them.  The use of natural aggregates, sand and cement was discussed in relation to usage and incorporation within the new school.  Ear defenders and safety goggles were demonstrated to develop the Health & Safety message.  An informing event for all.

The children were encouraged to ask questions throughout the session and participated enthusiastically, at the end of the workshop all joining in to build a house made out of cardboard.

Lee stated "The cardboard building was excellent, congratulations to all the builders in Class 3 - Melyn".

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Connah's Quay's new school - Ysgol Cae'r Nant / Brookfield Primary School - is now open.

The £7.5 million single storey school has been built on the site of Custom House Lane Junior School's playing field, by Read Construction Holdings Ltd of Brymbo, and accommodates 12 classrooms, with 300 pupils and a 50 place nursery.  The new school will replace Custom House Lane Junior School and Dee Road Infants School.

The school's environmentally friendly roof is a particular feature and has been built using low maintenance sedum planting, which provides excellent cover and increased protection to the roof's waterproofing system.  The plants are grown in the UK on a 'blanket' that is harvested like turf and installed by rolling out on top of the waterproofing.  The plant blankets are very lightweight and easy to maintain providing instant 'greening' to the roof and immediate aesthetical and environmental benefits.

The new school's head teacher, Kate Fox-Parry, said: "We are so fortunate to have a wonderful 21st century school with modern up to date technology and resources.  The building is awe inspiring!  The staff and pupils are overjoyed with the new school.  It was lovely to see the children's faces as they discovered their new classrooms and played on the new, colourful playground."

Chairman of the school's interim Governing Body, Councillor Bernie Attridge said: "Parents, pupils and staff are all really excited about our new school.  Ysgol Cae'r Nant is truly a 21st century school which I know will be enjoyed and used by generations to come."

Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education said: "It was a great pleasure to visit the school recently, with local representatives, and with the head teacher and the children themselves.  It's a splendid new primary school facility, which is airy, roomy and bright.  It has excellent furnishings and outdoor facilities, which are well planned and safe and secure.  The children and staff have been involved in the design of the building and the architects and builders have tried to reflect those needs and desires into the new construction."

Richard Heaton, Managing Director of Read Construction, said: "Seeing the children taking their first tentative and enquiring steps through the school was an experience not to be missed.  Each turn of the building opened up an expression of amazement and questions.  Smiling and happy faces amass in this new beacon of excellence.  The learning environment and resources within the school are exemplary for all to view.  To all the stakeholders of this inspiring project I simply say, thank you.  Read's construction team has excelled in delivering a project of the highest order, a project to be proud of."

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The Eaton Estate is overseeing a 7,500 sq ft environmentally friendly office expansion for a tenant whose business is bucking the recession and growing.

The ambitious project will see Ellis Whittam’s current offices in the Cheshire village of Aldford expand.

The new larger premises will allow the firm, which supports employers with employment law, HR, Health and Safety, certification and training, to house its expanding workforce.

Ellis Whittam has been a commercial tenant since 2008 and is one of a diverse range of businesses – from a bull stud to architects – that trade on the estate.

As well as boosting the estate's commercial offering, the office expansion will have wider benefits including new jobs being created, sharing of meeting space with the community and a green travel plan. Other community benefits include business support and mentoring and the estate is also working with Ellis Whittam to see how a broadband upgrade could benefit the village as well as the new premises.

Work is currently taking place on site and when finished in the autumn the new building will be BREEAM rated meaning it will be measured to meet the toughest environmental and sustainability standards in the UK.
 

Edwin Christmas, who is leading the project on behalf of the estate said “This is a great example of how vibrant rural communities like Aldford can be. Not only are they lovely places to live but they can be great places to work as well.

We have a longstanding relationship with Ellis Whittam and were delighted to see one of our tenants grow and create jobs this way. The expansion is an excellent business development for Ellis Whittam but it also has significant benefits for Aldford too.

This site had many challenges and we couldn’t have done this without the support and expertise of the planning team, led by Fiona Edwards, of Cheshire West and Chester Council.”

Deven Thakrar, Ellis Whittam Chief Executive said  “Our planned expansion is a significant milestone for our company. Not only does it mark the realisation of our medium term growth ambitions, but also our commitment to the local community and region going forward.”
 

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Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, officially opened the brand-new iResearch Centre at Christleton High School. The weather was glorious, and the event was enjoyed by everyone who took part.

The project, valued at £700,000 started in October 2011 and completed on time and under budget. “The project presented several challenges including building within a live School environment and restrictive access to site”, Contracts Manager Damian Bryan
 

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Viewing the Children take their first tentative and enquiring steps through the school was an experience not to be missed. Each turn of the building opened up an expression of amazement and questions. Smiling and happy faces amass in this new beacon of excellence. The learning environment and resources within the school are exemplary for all to view. To all the stakeholders of this inspiring project I simply say, thank you. Read’s construction team have excelled in delivering a project of the highest order, a project to be proud of.

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New build Bryn Alyn School, completed last year for Wrexham County Borough Council valued at £2,700,000, has just been awarded BREEAM Excellent status with a score of 73.24%.

This Excellent rating places Read in the top 16% of all BREEAM projects ever awarded in the United Kingdom. “We are exceptionally proud to have worked with Wrexham County Borough in attaining such an excellent award and score. Through the dedication and commitment of all stakeholders a highly sustainable environment now supports excellent teaching and pupils’ needs.” stated Richard Heaton, Read Managing Director. According to BREEAM’s Greenbooklive website, there are 1,635 BREEAM certified buildings in the United Kingdom, with scores ranging from 2% up to 95% (data correct as of 17th July 2012).

The total area of the school site is 4.3 hectares. The design of the building includes rainwater harvesting, air source heat pumps, solar panels and combined heat and power technology. There are sun pipes fitted on the first floor corridor to maximise as much natural light as possible into the building.

The site Ecology will be enhanced with the provision of a pond, the planting of shrubs and the provision of wildlife areas, the scheme produced by Marches Ecology will follow after all building work is complete.
 

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Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have opened Read's latest construction project; Chester Zoo’s £2m gateway to conservation, with the unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Quarter.

The new main entrance - the Diamond Jubilee Quarter - is the first ever public space in Chester Zoo's 80-year history and has officially been opened by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

During their visit, the Royal couple were given a tour of the zoo and met key zoo staff and representatives. The visit was screened live on http://www.chesterzoo.org on the morning of May 17th.

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With more constraints than you can list, the pre planning of this logistical operation proceeded without incident. Piling within a confined site always presents a significant opportunity to demonstrate Read’s ability to rise to the challenge. Richard Heaton, Read’s Managing Director stated “ We planned, reviewed, reflected, reviewed and then facilitated a sequence of work placed activities that effectively delivered. To have the resources within the company to address such challenges is exceptionally rewarding. Saying goodbye to the rig was a milestone on this project.”

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Chester MP Stephen Mosley paid a visit to Christleton High School on Friday to tour the building site of its new £600k research library.  The 360m² development has been designed and developed by McCormick Architecture and built by Read Construction, both local companies.  Pupils and staff also contributed to the design.

Headteacher Tony Lamberton said: "We are absolutely delighted now that the three-year project has come to fruition.  We are particularly grateful to Mr Mosley for his intervention on our behalf whilst seeking capital from the coalition government's Academy Maintenance Fund.  The school had saved up to half of the £600k needed towards the library, but the additional £300k from the Academy Maintenance Fund will mean we can do a really wonderful job."

The research library will be split into areas for computing, developing reading and careers & research.  It will also be available outside school hours for use by community groups and students.

Mr Mosley said: "I am delighted to catch up with the progress of the new research library.  When I was here a few weeks ago it was little more than a hole in the ground.  The library represents a big investment by the school and the government in improving the facilities at Christleton High School and congratulations must go to the headteacher and governors for their tenacious battle to secure the funding for the new library."

Mr Lamberton added: "Our students are academically successful and leave with many other good qualities.  But, in the current difficult times it is important that we develop them further as independent learners, and do everything we can to enable them to secure a good job and make a contribution to their society.  The research library will provide us with the resource to do this."

The project is due for completion in February 2012, and will be fitted and in operation by the summer.

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Works commence on the new renal unit at Welshpool Hospital.  Richard Heaton, Read's MD and Andrew Cottom, Chief Executive Powys Teaching Health Board, view the works.

This significant £1.7m project presents many logistical and constructional challenges, however Read's Site Manager Steve Day is totally engaged to deliver beyond our Client's expectations.  Week one comprised of the enabling and site set up, with the main contract works commencing early December for a duration of 43 weeks.

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Celebrations at NU Instruments with the completion of a significant capital investment project.  In recognition of this milestone, NU Instruments presented the new facility to invited guests.  Richard Heaton, Read's Managing Director stated "It was clear from the preparations that NU was determined to present to their audience a world class facility; and yes it is.  The NU team are exceptional people, within a world leading environment.  To be part of this success within North Wales and the UK is exceptionally rewarding".

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It was smiles all around as Yale College accepted the completed Hair and Beauty Salon project.  Site Manager Darren Cartwright stated "Yes I did lose some sleep over the project, with so much work going on at any one time, and each hour being critical, how could I sleep?!  But we made it, another feather in my hard hat!".

Contracts Manager Damian Bryan stated "I need a few weeks off to recover, what a challenge, however we have an excellent team and thanks to all, the project was delivered on time to an exceptionally happy Client".

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The early part of the year has been challenging from a procurement of works perspective and thereafter obtaining approval from clients to commence... Click here to read more...
 

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Read Construction Holdings Ltd once again raised a donation for the especially worthwhile cause of the National Blind Children’s Society.

The invitation was to guess where the toy hippopotamus came from and the answer was Grenada.

The qualifying answer to the question of where do hippos like to wallow was Water!
 

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Read Construction were delighted to receive an invitation to a Motivational Workshop at the Coedpoeth Plas Pentwyn Centre, organised by Careers Wales North East to encourage year 10 students from Wrexham schools to develop their skills, attitudes and values for future working life.
Attending mentors hailed from manufacturing, army, nursing, professional sport and several other walks of life, all with a view of giving a wide selection of professional opinions on career development. Read’s Health, Environmental, Safety & Resources Administrator, Mr Iolo Rhys, was present on behalf of the company and the construction industry.
The event was divided into two halves; the first half gave the students the opportunity to question mentors on their careers, any valuable lessons learnt along the way and understand prospects and progression patterns - the second half utilised exercises to prepare the students for interviews, and improve personal and professional behaviour by highlighting the skills and personal qualities that employers look for in candidates.
Read are proud to be supporting the local community at such events, raising the awareness of students to the possibility of work in the construction industry, and aiding their preparation for the wider world.

 

“I'm so grateful that you were able to join us yesterday for our Morning Workshop “An Audience with....” and glad you enjoyed the session. The feedback from the pupils was extremely positive and encouraging - they told us that they found the input of the guest mentors very relevant, interesting, friendly and informative. This style of workshop helps students to develop their communication and self presentation skills and can improve their confidence and self-esteem. We really value the involvement of employers like Read Construction.
When “real” employees like yourself take part and share your own work focused experiences, it helps young people to understand better what skills and personal qualities employers want. Your participation motivates and encourages young people to overcome their own barriers to learning and helps them promote responsibility for their own personal development. It gives them insights into your job role and helps them to understand the prospects and progression patterns in a range of jobs in which they may be interested, (or gives students exposure to other job fields which they may not have not had exposure to). The information given to the pupils is essential to help them prepare for their Work Experience and to help them develop their skills, attitudes and values for future working life. 

Thank you once again for your time, experience and support - it is very much appreciated and of great benefit to these students.”
 

Jan Owen
Development Officer (Mentoring)
Education Business Team
Careers Wales North East

 

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Since its launch 5 months ago, the Read website has grown into a valuable business asset, not only in terms of marketing, but in terms of having a central hub of information for its business activities, including achievements for the business and its people, project profiles with stories from team members and clients, and enhanced client communications and interactions, including a recently added live streaming webcam for its £6.4M new school building in Connah’s Quay for the pupils to view progress and witness milestone events, live.

Damien Heaton, IT and Business Systems Support, said “Using Google Analytics we can see how many people visit the website, how long they stay, what content they are viewing and more. We considered the user experience and employed an information architect to plan the presentation of our huge portfolio. Already, we can see users are staying on the website on average 2 minutes extra per visit compared to the old website and are visiting more pages and going deeper into the website, which is great as we are keen to demonstrate our capabilities to all at any opportunity”.

150,000 page views is a significant achievement in Read’s overall online marketing strategy. Read are considering investing further into its online identity by engaging Social Media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Richard Heaton, Managing Director said “We have always recognised the importance of building relationships with our clients and pride ourselves on our client retention record which brings glowing testimonials and prestigious awards. As the world moves online it’s obvious new relationships can be built like never before, businesses have to demonstrate their communications capabilities at all levels and as new generations start to come through using these social platforms, we want to be positioned correctly.”
 

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Following on from our 'Hat Trick' of Awards in 2010, the 2011 Awards yet again recognised Read's excellence in the 'Best Apartment Project' category.  65 West Parade, Rhyl is a transformed building from its previous semi-derelict condition. 

Architect Frank Boyce stated "This Award clearly recognised this excellent project and is an appropriate award for all involved.  Not only was this an enjoyable contract to work on, now the commitment, effort and workmanship of all involved has been recognised as a project of merit, indeed a project of Building Excellence".

Read Site Manager, Greg Hurstfield described the project as "The coldest construction site I have ever been on, the front elevation being exposed to the sea in a 'short sharp shock' every morning.  We battled through the coldest winter on record, how I look forward to working inland.  A clean, warm hospital would be something to look forward to but I will probably end up at the docks in Mostyn!".

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The Cheshire Cats are performing to raise funds for the Countess of Chester Hospital and Breast Care Unit, and these performances will be staged in the Bank Of America auditorium as gala events. Read has  worked with the Countess for many years and we are keen to support this project to raise funds and awareness.

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Penyffordd Memorial Institute recently benefited from a collaborative partnership between Read and Hanson’s Cement manufacturing facility in Padeswood; providing an extended car park facility to support an enlarged usage of the Institute, this project supported the local community in providing significant improvements to parking facilities.

Historically, the overspill car parking extended to a muddy field, however with the new facility in place the needs of the local community have significantly benefited from this collaborative intervention.

Committee member; Mrs Desimar Hodge co-ordinated the works on behalf of the Institute Committee. “Our request to both Read Construction and Hanson was greeted with total commitment to support the community. We are exceptionally fortunate to receive such significant support. The improved facilities will benefit the community for generations to come, and significant legacy to both Read and Hanson’s intervention. On behalf of the Institute Committee and community at large, we thank both Read Construction and Hanson for their total support of improvements to community facilities.”

Read’s Managing Director, Richard Heaton personally managed and co-ordinated the project.  "The works will clearly provide a significant benefit to the community at large and we are delighted to have supported this project. It was a pleasure to work with Hanson in facilitating significant improvements to a deserving and well used community facility.”
 

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Ronnie has been a loyal employee of Read for 20 years but now it’s time to hang up his boots. Ronnie’s retirement celebration was held at the Bache, Chester and to mark the occasion Phil Molyneux's partner generously made a 'two in one' cake for both Ronnie's retirement and to celebrate his 65th birthday, designed and hand made by Create-a-Cake

Ronnie would like to wish his best to all at Read; and all at Read would like to wish Ronnie all the best for the future and to thank him for his dedicated service and much loved humour over the years.
 

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When we planned the extension to our manufacturing facility, we took great care in selecting the company to undertake the build. The high technology products we make are delicate, sensitive to ambient conditions, and of high value, so quality and professional integrity were of paramount importance. Having considered a number of companies, we selected local company Read Construction who fit the bill perfectly. Works began on time, and as of mid March we are slightly ahead of schedule and on target financially. Disturbance has been kept to a minimum and we are kept well informed of progress throughout the build. We look forward to an on-time handover and can highly recommend Read Construction.

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by Kate Forrester, DPW West
 

BUILDING work has started on a new £7.5 million school.

Developers Read Construction Holdings cut the turf at the site of the new facility in Connah’s Quay yesterday.

When finished next year, it will replace the current Custom House Lane Junior School and Dee Road Infants School.

Cllr Nigel Steele-Mortimer, Flintshire Council’s executive member for education, said: “The new school will provide modern, first class facilities for delivering the curriculum in the 21st century.

I look forward to following the progress of the new development and, of course, to when it opens for the pupils in September 2012.”

The new single-storey school is being built on the existing school playing fields and will accommodate 360 primary and 30 nursery pupils.

There will be 12 classrooms, a nursery, assembly hall, studio, kitchen and community facilities, as well as landscaped play areas and two new car parks.

Read Construction Holdings managing director Richard Heaton said: “The new school will act as a beacon for educational excellence both within the local community and Flintshire at large.”
 

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Published by: Matt Jones

WORK has started on a multi-million pound primary school which could act as a “beacon” for educational excellence.

The new £7.5m school will replace Custom House Lane Junior School and Dee Road Infants School in Connah’s Quay and is due to open in September, 2012.

Cllr Nigel Steele-Mortimer, Flintshire Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, said: “The new school will provide modern, first class facilities for delivering the curriculum in the 21st century.

“I look forward to following the progress of the new development and, of course, to when it opens for the pupils in September, 2012.”

Pupils from the schools took part in the official turf cutting ceremony yesterday which was also attended by councillors, officials and representatives of Read Construction Holdings, of Brymbo, the company building the school.

The new single storey school is being built on the existing school playing fields and will accommodate 360 primary and 30 nursery pupils and there will be 12 classrooms, a nursery, assembly hall, studio, kitchen and community facilities.

Richard Heaton, managing director of Read Construction, said: “The new school will act as a beacon for educational excellence both within the local community and Flintshire at large.

Read is exceptionally proud to have been awarded this significant contract and we look forward to working with all stakeholders in delivering this prestigious project.”

There will be landscaped play and recreation areas and two new car parks accessed from Mold Road.

Once the new school is built and occupied, the existing infants and junior schools, which date back to 1908 and 1881, will be demolished and a new playing field and overspill car park will be built.

Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Assembly Government’s education minister, said: “It’s great to see the start of construction on this project. This investment is another sign of our ongoing commitment to improving schools in Wales and will provide an environment fit for the 21st century for the pupils of the new primary school.”
 

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LABC National Building Awards finalist certificate for Best Sustainable Project

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A WREXHAM construction company has won a major £6.1m contract to build a new school and playing fields in Connah’s Quay – its largest contract.

Read Construction Holdings won the contract from Flintshire County Council to see through the amalgamation of Custom House Junior School and Dee Road Infants School.

The project involves building one new school on the existing playing fields, then demolishing the two old school buildings to create playing fields.

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones explained the importance of enabling smaller local businesses to bid for public sector procurement opportunities.

He added: “The public sector will control £16bn of expenditure in Wales this year, with funding on capital developments accounting for approximately £1.7bn.

It is therefore very important that Welsh businesses are given an even chance to win contracts competitively and that they have the opportunity to deliver what we need.”

Read Construction specialises in construction projects for the education and health sectors and its largest previous project was a £3.25m contract for Chester Catholic High School.

Construction of the new Connah’s Quay school runs from January 2011 to July 2012 with the second phase, involving the demolition of the old schools and the development of the playing fields, from September 2012 until December 2012.

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The Fir Grove Hotel in Warrington is celebrating a prestigious building quality award following its major facelift undertaken by contractors Read Construction Holdings Ltd. The Built In Quality Awards are presented by Warrington Council for outstanding projects which excel in compliance with building regulations and also to recognize an outstanding working relationship between the building control service and the contractor.

“We are delighted that Read’s work with Warrington Building Control Services have been recognised in this way.” said Richard Heaton, MD of Read Construction. “This project is one of a number we have undertaken for the Feathers Group and it is very gratifying to have our partnership with them recognised as one of excellence.”

The Firgrove Hotel is one of the best 3 star hotels in the North of England and the refurbishment has resulted in new frontage, conservatory, creation of a new major conference and banqueting centre and new reception, lounge bar and restaurant. The £multi‐million transformation has focused on making the hotel the perfect overnight stay for business or leisure and the ideal venue for a wedding, function or conference.

“We are very proud indeed to receive this award reflecting a very strong partnership between Warrington Borough Council, Read Construction and the Feathers Group, creating this award winning deluxe new conference, banqueting and wedding centre in the heart of Warrington.” said Stuart Hunter, Managing Director, Feathers Hotel Group. “We hope that this award will encourage more people to visit us and to take advantage of our fantastic new facilities and current offers.”
















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