Westdale services 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, EWI, soft & hard landscaping, including fencing, boundary walls, footpaths. This project also included the 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 market position as Principal Contractor.
Westdale performed the duty holder roles 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.)
Project Delivery: Around 70% of the contract was delivered directly by Westdale personnel; by directly retaining the workforce, we were able to embed our company ethics, giving a tighter control on the customer journey, which resulted in higher customer satisfaction levels due to installation quality.
Communications and Marketing: We facilitated a thorough community engagement exercise with residents. From this, we were able to allay any residents’ concerns, allowing them to ‘meet the team’, giving advance notice of the noisy elements of the work, which provided further reassurance. We also co-branded a range of communications materials (including Welsh and foreign translation) to the satisfaction of the client. Our innovative Text Message systems provided timely reminders and updates to residents.
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.
Westdale’s USP in the marketplace includes our ability to deliver architecturally-superior ArtBrick EWI finishes, which we applied sympathetically to inject some well-deserved architectural merit. The ArtBrick render technology, allowed us to provide a direct match to local brick colours, sizes and textures, whilst delivering efficiencies of timescales and cost saving. This resulted in the Tan Y Bryn properties receiving an unrivalled aesthetic uplift – with significant increases to housing stock values.
Delivery Programme: This ambitious programme was delivered within contract timescales of 48 weeks. Works were sequenced intuitively to minimise resident inconvenience. Ultimately, we developed a realistic programme (which, upon reflection, was within 5% tolerance) – allowing us to exceed our client’s expectations of contract duration. Our experience and 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. This speed of delivery had a positive effect upon minimising resident inconvenience – many of whom were either elderly or infirm.