Two Carmarthenshire firms winners at Building Excellence Awards


Two Carmarthenshire firms have been declared winners at the Local Authority Building Control All Wales Building Excellence Awards 2015.
The ceremony was held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay and the opening address was made by Carl Sargeant, Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration.
Charles Church won the category for Best Large Volume Housing at Machynys East, Llanelli, and T.Richard Jones (Betws) Limited (TRJ) won the category for Best Public Building at ‘The Ffwrnes’ Theatre Llanelli.
Both companies will now go on to the National finals in London this November.
Charles Church’s The Links is thelatest phase of the much larger Machynys Bay development, and the two, three and four bedroom homes are adjacent to Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club. The homes ranging from affordable one bed apartments up to a spacious five bed detached family houses are all built to EcoHomes ‘Very Good’ Standard and striving for ‘Excellent’.
TRJ’s winning project, the 'Ffwrnes Theatre' involved the construction of a new 500 seater theatre and renovation of Grade II listed Chapel and Sunday School buildings to create office accommodation and religious congregation.
Carmarthenshire County Council commissioned the project to serve the catchment area of approximately 260,000 population. The venue has been provided with an array of modern sustainable technologies. These include ultra efficient LED lighting to the main entrance foyer and front of house area, roof mounted photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into electricity and solar panels converting sunlight into heat and hot water.
Access for wheelchair users takes into account that their requirements are embedded in the design of the public and non public areas and backstage facilities, whilst in each auditorium specific places have been located with the need to provide good sightlines and ease of access and egress. An infra red hearing assistance system with multi channel capacity allows audio description for people with visual impairment with the potential for dual language use.
Executive board member for regeneration Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “I’d like to congratulate both companies for doing so well with their landmark projects and wish them well in the national finals.
“The quality of these schemes is the result of the excellent relationship between the developers and the council Building Control service.”

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