Waun Wen development wins Building Excellence Award
Our development of 13 apartments on the site of the former St. Mark’s Church in Waun Wen has won the ‘Best Social or Affordable Housing Development’ category in the Swansea Building Excellence Awards.
Built for us by Hale Construction, the development has been recognised for good building practice including technical innovation, sustainability and high performance.
Our Head of Special Projects, Elfed Roberts explained the ethos behind the Ty Llew development "We wanted to create a distinctive housing development which acknowledges the site’s former use as a Church. To achieve this, we recovered and reused important church artefacts within the new development including the stained-glass windows in the stair hall, the commemorative Parish Hall stone in the communal garden, and natural stone on the external façade."
Developments that consistently achieve high standards throughout the construction process are nominated for the Building Excellence Awards by Building Control surveyors.
Jonathan Hale, Managing Director of the building contractors commented "Hale Construction have been fortunate to have been involved with Gwalia on this project. The development has allowed us to continue our partnership in providing schemes of high quality with a distinctive design. Being a local construction company it gives us great pleasure to share in the awards and accolades with one of the area’s major social housing providers."
Building Control Manager, Peter Richards, commented "Swansea is a vibrant growing 21st Century City. We can all see the developments going on around us and it is good to know that the work of our Building Control Team in conjunction with Gwalia and Hale Construction have ensured that the building standards on this fantastic development are extremely high, achieving much more than just Building Regulation compliance."
Having won the category, Ty Llew will now progress to the South Wales Regional Building Excellence Awards and will be up against winners from 9 other local authorities and if successful will proceed to the national awards.
Picture: Mark Singh, Building Control Officer, presents the LABC certificate to Elfed Roberts of Gwalia and Jonathan Hale, Managing Director of Hale Construction.