Hat Trick At Building Excellence Awards Completes Clean Sweep For Contractor

Hat Trick At Building Excellence Awards Completes Clean Sweep For Contractor

Read Construction Holdings Ltd are celebrating a clean sweep in the North Wales LABC Building Excellence Awards taking home no less than three trophies. The wins come in the same week that HRH The Duke of Wessex opened Read’s latest project, a new Preparatory School building for the historic Birkenhead School, and hot on the heels of their win in the Cheshire Built in Quality Awards for the new AMD Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

“It is always a great pleasure to have our projects recognised and particularly when they are significant public buildings.” Explained Richard Heaton, MD of Read Construction Holdings Ltd. “We’re particularly proud that these awards recognise such diverse buildings; from the cutting edge of sustainable construction to sympathetic heritage restoration they really underline the combination of versatility and attention to detail which I believe is one of Read’s core strengths.”

Winning the ‘Best Commercial Development Over £1 Million’ and also ‘Best Sustainable Development’ was the new West Coast Energy office building in Mold which is a model for sustainable commercial buildings and easily achieved the highest BREEAM rating.

The ‘Best Commercial Building Less Than £1 Million’ was Tyn Dwr Hall in Llangollen which has also been announced as the winner of a Sympathetic Restoration Award from the Llangollen Civic Society and the Welsh Trust. The listed building of Tudor/Elizabethan style was restored and altered to provide a hotel and outdoor education centre and required a range of traditional skills including stonemasonry and carpentry.

‘Best Commercial Development Less Than £1 Million’ was won by the North Wales Regional Tennis Centre in Wrexham, where the Read team completed a major project to provide an extension including new tennis courts and tournament viewing facilities. The Read team were particularly praised for their “extremely conscientious site management..” which “..enabled the project to achieve a high standard of workmanship throughout.”

The projects awarded were all completed during one of the worst downturns in the construction industry for decades which saw many companies laying off staff and some going to the wall, and as a result they are all the more significant for the North Wales company.

“It has been a remarkable couple of weeks for us including the honour of a Royal visit to open our project at Birkenhead School.” Said Richard Heaton. “It’s a testament to the professionalism and commitment of all our staff at Read that we have now collected more than five building excellence awards already in 2010. I’d like to personally thank everyone, from our Directors to the most junior staff on site for their continuing support and efforts.”

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