Project Case Study: Eco-Refurbishment of 52 non-traditionally constructed homes, Anglesey

Westdale were awarded the contract to regenerate 52 non-traditionally constructed properties in the Y Fali area of Anglesey. Fuel poverty runs very high here, due to the remote nature, the thermally inefficient construction methods, and high household heating needs in this extremely exposed location.

   

Scope of Works: The Tan Y Bryn project saw Westdale delivering an ever-increasing range of deliverables, including roofing, fenestration, External Wall Insulation, soffits, fascias, rainwater goods, fencing, boundary walls, footpaths, soft and hard landscaping. This project also included total internal refurbishment works (back to bare brick); stud walling, floors boilers, gas central heating systems, electrical re-wires, Kitchens, Bathrooms, and full redecoration, serving to further demonstrate Westdale’s status as Principal Contractor.

Project Design: Westdale performed the duty holder role of ‘Principal Contractor’ under the CDM regulations 2015, managing the delivery of a number of supply chains and sub-contractors. The ‘Principal Designer’ role ensured that we planned the project correctly from the outset – developing the Construction Phase Plan and completing all statutory notifications (inc. HSE F10, liaison with utilities, Planning Permissions, Building Control regulations, and the Control of Asbestos.)

Aesthetic Considerations: Westdale worked closely with the client, their agent, and materials specifiers. Working iteratively, our in-house architect-led design service proposed a range of different design options, taking into consideration IoACC’s vision for the estate. This iterative process provided a comprehensive refinement of the final design solution: As licensed Artbrick installers, we incorporated a number of brick render details to window sills and quoins – injecting some architectural merit to these rather bland-looking properties.

 

Project Challenges: The scope of the programme was extended to include additional ‘Buyback’ properties – including complete internal refurbishment works (back to bare brick), which were delivered within the contract duration.

Delivery Programme: Works were sequenced intuitively to minimise resident inconvenience. Our strong on-site management presence resulted in fewer ‘unforeseens’, and through early coordination, we ensured that the project was not forestalled for need of a key decision. Westdale’s experience of managing in-house resources and local supply chains alike resulted in an efficient programme.

 Left: co-branded bilingual signage and resident ‘comms’ as standard.

Local Supply Chains: As appointed contractors to a growing number of national procurement frameworks, we acknowledge that every pound invested makes a positive contribution throughout the supply chain. In accordance with the provisions of the WAG toolkit, Westdale observed that over 70% of the contract value was delivered using local supply chains, merchants and SMES, thereby maximising local spend.

Client Testimonial: “I must admit, very impressed with Westdale’ approach to engaging with the local community. More often than not the problems that we encounter tend to be with residents who aren’t council tenants. Westdale’ approach has been to embrace the community as a whole, and not only have they held a drop in session for both council tenants and private owners on the estate to come and meet the team and get more information on the proposed contract – they have also actively gone into the local school to hold a safety awareness session.

With the summer holiday approaching, and their research showing that the estate had a high number of children residing there – they immediately arranged the session at the school, without any prompt or clause from us asking for this to happen. They have been very supportive of the authority’ and national Welsh language standards and policies, and have been willing to produce all correspondences and publicising material bilingually – which in itself proves their understanding of local needs” – Owain Samuel Owen. Planned, Cyclical and Compliance Manager.

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