A Welsh construction firm will be safeguarding approximately 6,500 Welsh construction jobs as it prepares to begin a series of new projects.
Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction has secured £85m worth of projects to be delivered over the next two years, with orders showing an increase in demand for services from pre-COVID levels.
On the list of contract wins for the firm is the £22m design and build of a new special education needs (SEN) school in Newtown, Powys, and a £5m extension and redevelopment at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi in Cardigan, Ceredigion.
Eight new major projects form part of the company’s £85m order book, which runs until the end of 2023, with £25m worth of schemes currently in progress across Wales and the north west of England.
These include a £7m design and build project for Flintshire County Council for early years centres across the county, an ongoing £4m design and build extension and redevelopment scheme at Ysgol Glanrafon in Mold and a £3.5m new extension and remodelling of Ysgol Y Faenol in Bangor for Gwynedd Council.
Wynne Construction is also delivering a £5.5m disability respite centre in Colwyn Bay, the £9m design and build of the new Ysgol Corn Hir on the Isle of Anglesey, as well as a new £8.3m medical centre for Great Sutton in Cheshire.
Managing director of Wynne Construction Chris Wynne said: “It is incredibly encouraging to see a very strong order book particularly after a difficult year with the coronavirus pandemic and challenges for the industry.
“All the hard work and dedication shown daily by every member of staff is being recognised with the continued success of securing new contracts and associated company expansion.
“With £85m worth of work in the pipeline through to 2023, we can look forward to working with key stakeholders and communities in and around our projects, which span from Carmarthenshire up to Anglesey and across the border into Cheshire. In addition, it’s more positive news for our supply chain, which is sourced locally to each scheme where possible.”
Wynne Construction has also welcomed nine new employees during the past three months alongside investment in plant, equipment and improving office and site connectivity with upgraded information technology services.
The firm, which has more than 50 members of staff, will build on this investment and look to further bolster personnel levels with more recruits over the coming months.
It will also continue its strong commitment to supporting Welsh workers through project spending and investment into supply chains.
Future projects will safeguard construction jobs, with a minimum of 60 per cent of these positions flowing to Welsh-based SMEs, as well as assist the company’s goal to increase people entering the industry through its Wynne Futures Foundation.
Chris added: “We are dedicated to supporting not only those within the local region, but the wider industry as a whole.
“Between an increase in projects and our work through the Wynne Futures Foundation, we have been able to give back and support Welsh-grown business and protect positions at a time where things are tough for many.”
Wynne Construction operates throughout Wales and the North West of England, and regularly leads on projects in sectors including education, healthcare, and sport and leisure.
The company is also on the North Wales Construction Partnership (NWCP), the South-East and mid-Wales Collaborative Construction Framework (SEWSCAP3) and the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework (SSWRCF).
In November 2018, it was named SME (up to 250 employees) of the year at the UK-wide Constructing Excellence awards.