A North Wales developer is celebrating after clinching a share of a £500 million 10-year construction contract with a top social housing provider.
Brenig Construction are the approved contractor for all Flintshire-based Wales & West Housing schemes in North Wales worth up to £2.5 million as part of WWH’s commitment to building 6,000 new affordable homes across Wales in the next decade.
The expanding developer, based in Mochdre, near Colwyn Bay, employs 70 staff, 15 per cent of them apprentices and trainees, and has already handed over a £445,000 scheme for three new three-bedroom homes in Ruabon, near Wrexham.
They are now well advanced on a £1.28 million project to build 12 one and two-bedroom apartments in Earl Street, Flint, which is due to be completed this summer.
The company was launched in 2012 by former youth club pals from Glan Conwy Mark Parry and Howard Vaughan who are now joint managing directors and winning a place on the WWH framework is a significant step for them.
Mark said: “We are the only firm on the list for projects in North Wales worth up to £2.5 million as part of Wales & West Housing’s ambitious project and we’re delighted to have signed this key partnership with them.
“This is very important to us as it will help us continue to provide opportunities in terms of jobs and apprenticeships as well as in developing skills and in showing that we have the capability here to carry out important projects.
“The sub-contractors we use take on apprentices from the area and use local supply chains so that major developments like this involve, invest in and benefit the local economy and community and here in Flint we are using bricklayers from the town and electricians from Greenfield.”
Alison Hammans, Wales & West Housing Development Officer, said: “We have a number of sites in progress at the moment and Brenig are looking at further sites that we’ve just had planning permission on.
“One is at Penmaenhead, Conwy, and another in Northop and they are due to be starting on them in the first quarter of the New Year.
“They have done very well for us and what they’ve just handed over to us in Ruabon is great quality and here in Flint the project is coming on very well too.
“It’s about forging partnerships and creating relationships with partners like Brenig Construction and being able to rely on people.”
Howard Vaughan added: “This is a single-source contract for a flagship scheme and we already have six contracts with Wales and West Housing and that allows us to pre-plan and grow areas across North Wales where we haven’t worked before.
“This is our first contract in Flintshire but we have others in the pipeline here, in Wrexham and across the border into Cheshire as well and this is important because it shows we have the capacity and the skills to deliver projects which are varied and present different challenges.”
Brenig Construction has been one of the fastest growing construction companies in Wales over the past three years and their expertise extends to maintenance, social housing, commercial housing and plant hire.
Last year they moved into their new headquarters at the business park in Mochdre which they built for another social housing provider, Cartrefi Conwy, and they currently have a full order book with over £40 million in contracts to be delivered over the next three years.