New Year, New Contracts
Swansea City Council has awarded Walters a £3 million contract to construct all highways, car parks and infrastructure to facilitate the construction of a new business park at Felindre, Swansea, adjacent to Junction 46 of the M4. For Walters, this is very much a case of ‘déjà vu’ since they were originally responsible for the remediation of the 300 acre former tinplate works following its demolition in 1998.
At Newport, Redrow Homes has awarded Walters its third consecutive contract at the 20 hectare Mon Bank development for the construction of major infrastructure works including a new bridge over an existing railway line that provides access to the site from the A48. Previous contracts undertaken at the site included a major earthwork and remediation project and a contract to provide drainage works and on site infrastructure for the first phase of development. This latest contract means the total value of projects awarded to Walters at the site is in excess of £9 million.
At Aberthaw in the Vale of Glamorgan, client RWEnpower has awarded Walters a contract in excess of £1,000,000 to break out, remove and process a significant quantity of rock from a redundant quarry at the site. The purpose of the contract is to construct an engineered cell for the deposition of pulverised fuel ash, a by-product of the electricity generation process at Aberthaw Power Station.
Finally, Monmouthshire County Council is in final discussions to award Walters a contract worth over £1,000,000 for the demolition of the former Cwmbran County Council Offices (pictured) and Civic Centre. This major office development comprising four main buildings up to eight storeys in height, was only constructed in the 1970’s but had fallen prey to ‘concrete cancer’, with the steel reinforcement in the structure rusting due to water penetration. A number of options were considered including full repair; however, it was decided that the most cost effective solution was full demolition of the complex in order to release the land for future use.