This refurbishment project of semi derelict residential properties provided an opportunity to rejuvenate the local townscape, providing new homes fit for the next century and securing a “North Wales Building Excellence Award” for the Best Apartments Project.
QUALITY - Renovation projects present many challenges for the construction team, coupled with the major design amendments required as a result of the planning criteria, the effectiveness of Reads quality system was evidenced in the award of the LABC “Best Apartment Project” award.
SUSTAINABLE - Located in an area of Rhyl classified as a 'fuel starvation' area, the local authority was keen to promote the use of renewable energy sources within the proposed design to offset the heating and hot water running costs. To assist this matter, a Warm Wales Grant was secured to fund the supply and installation of 'renewables' by a local authority approved heating engineer. This resulted in belated amendments and upgrades to the proposals which were accommodated within the overal budget and programme.
FLEXIBLE - Unexpectedly, planning consent for the external heat pump housing was refused, resulting in the need to change to 'Exhaust Air' heat pumps. This late change had further ramifications on the contract as it imposed changes to the internal layout and a need for additional floor strengthening. Through proactive management, Read were able to accommodate the alterations and deliver the scheme under budget and on programme.
Read Construction Holdings Ltd was the successful contractor for this prestigious project involving the complete refurbishment of both buildings (each containing 10 No. self contained flats) to full Building Regulation standards. Management of the contract was complex as each building was the subject of separate grant awards. The entire external enveloping, including the restoration of such elements as roof, chimneys, rainwater systems and frontages was the subject of a Property & Environment Grant authorised by the Denbigh and Rhyl Townscape...
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