Deeside based builders Anwyl Construction have won a contract to build an £11.3 million new, state of the art, extra care home in Warrington.
The contract, to provide a 97 apartment scheme with community facilities for the Torus housing group, is on the new JV North framework, a consortium of major social housing associations across the North of England.
The Ewloe headquartered firm were one of just 12 successful applicants out of 30 construction companies which applied to be on the latest JV North framework which aims to build £335 million of affordable homes over the next four years.
The Harpers Road development, on the site of the farmer Bayleaf Restaurant, in Padgate, Warrington, is also Anwyl Construction’s first for Torus, a major affordable housing provider in the North West with over 22,000 homes in Warrington and St Helen’s, Cheshire East and Cheshire West.
Torus development director, Bill Lacey said:
“The Harpers Road development is part of an ambitious programme to deliver much needed affordable housing, across the North West, for first time buyers, growing families and those in later life.
“Our specialist housing for over 55s is sensitively planned and designed, creating communities where older people can enjoy sociable, fulfilling and healthy lives.
“The facilities at Harpers Road, including the bistro, hairdressing salon and bowling green will be available for residents in the wider community to enjoy too.”
It was the first time Anwyl Construction had applied to be on the framework and Tom Anwyl, who heads up the contracts arm of the Anwyl Group, said:
“We’re delighted to have won this contract for such a prestigious project in the heart of the North West.
“These are vitally important housing contracts across one of the UK’s most vibrant economic areas and we have shown in our work across north and mid Wales and into Cheshire that we have the capability and skills here in north Wales to take on major, multi-million pound contracts and deliver them.
“These have included the award-winning £15 million, 147-home scheme we built for leading social housing organisation Wales & West Housing on two sites in Wrexham, Kingsmills Road and Rivulet Road.
“We are currently engaged in three major extra-care scheme across North Wales, in Flint, Llangefni and Porthmadog, worth a combined £24 million and have recently completed a £3.9 million new health and social care centre at Blaenau Ffestiniog for Betsi Cadwaldar University Health Board.
“We believe in ensuring that the areas in which we build benefit and so wherever possible we use local sub-contractors and supply chains and we encourage those sub-contractors to invest in the future by taking on apprentices.”
The four-storey apartments block has been designed by Paddock Johnson Architects for over 55s and the 10,000 square metre site will house a mix of one-and two-bedroom flats for affordable rent and shared ownership while on-site facilities will include a hair salon, bowling green and bistro.
Brent Davies, Pre-Construction Manager for Anwyl, said:
“The designs will breathe new life into the site at the same time as creating much-needed housing for elderly residents while local people will benefit from the investment and the regeneration of the site.
“Anwyl Construction has been delivering quality affordable housing projects across North Wales for the last 10 years and we look forward to providing our expertise, experience and reputation for thoughtful building to this project for a new client and in a new area for us.
“This scheme underpins Anwyl Group’s expansion into the North West following our appointment on the JV North framework.”
The Anwyl Group’s housing arm, Anwyl Homes, is also expanding into the North West and has just announced record turnover of £53 million for the year to June and plans to build 750 houses a year for the next three to five years, 350 annually in the North West through newly-formed Anwyl Lancashire.