Griffiths Scoop Three Constructing Excellence Wales Awards

It was three out of three for Griffiths at this year’s Constructing Excellence Wales (CEW) annual award ceremony. During the virtual celebrations, our Llanberis Flood Alleviation Scheme picked up the Sustainability Award. The Celtic Manor M4 Overbridge was recognised for Integration and Collaboration and the St Athan Northern Access Road was awarded Civils Project of the Year.

The Llanberis Flood Alleviation Scheme for Gwynedd County Council was designed by YGC and has increased the flow area beneath a highway bridge by 300%, reducing water levels upstream during high rainfall events and reducing blockage risk. A Safe Route to Schools Scheme was also incorporated into the project and included a new footbridge link to Ysgol Dolbadarn.

The Celtic Manor M4 Overbridge, which provides a new access to the International Conference Centre Wales (ICCW) at the Celtic Manor Resort. Judges were particularly impressed with formation of an integrated project team, including Griffiths, Celtic Manor Resort, Lewis & Lewis, AECOM, Curtins and Welsh Government. Outstanding collaboration ensured the bridge lift took place during one single overnight motorway possession – with Traffic Wales Operational Traffic Management Centre, SWTRA, Traffic Wales, Police and emergency services, Monmouthshire County Council and Newport City Council all involved. This collaborative approach resulted in numerous additional operations taking place during the closure, saving SWTRA over £100k in maintenance works alone if they were undertaken separately.

However, it was the £15m Northern Access Road that scooped the Civils Project of the Year Award. The project, which was funded by the Welsh Government, opened on the 30th September 2019 and acts as an important economic link, enabling inward investment and encouraging future development at Bro Tathan Business Park – which is already home to major occupiers including Aston Martin Lagonda, eCube Solutions and Bristow Helicopters.

Construction of the road created substantial active travel provision as well as benefits to biodiversity. A bespoke lighting scheme designed with Natural Resources Wales is in place to mitigate the impact on dormice and bats, while consultation with a fish ecology specialist led to a uniquely designed stream culvert to assist with the passage of fish through their habitats.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, said:

“Bro Tathan is a significant part of Wales’ economic infrastructure and this road provides much-needed access to all of the opportunities it brings.

“All construction projects bring challenges, which in this case were met with a great deal of innovation and creativity. I want to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work and I’m pleased they have received recognition through this much-deserved award.”

Ian Thomas, Project Manager for Alun Griffiths Contractors said:

“We are thrilled to receive accolade for our part in delivering the St Athan Northern Access Road. It was truly a pleasure to be part of a one team ethos that held collaboration and innovation as core values, ensuring all team members were engaged to overcome the challenges faced.”