Facelift for children’s play park refurbished after Jones Bros donates its time and expertise18th Nov 2015

A children’s play park in Haverfordwest is being revamped thanks to leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros.

Plant operators and engineers are volunteering their time to help make much-needed improvements to the parkland, used by children, families, disabled people and sports clubs.

It comes after the company successfully completed a major scheme nearby to pave the way for a multi-million pound housing and retail development ahead of schedule.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK constructed a new roundabout and enlarged an existing one on a 74-acre site at Haverfordwest to provide access to a proposed housing and retail development on nearby land.

It received praise for working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council to keep traffic disruption to a minimum and be considerate to residents, businesses and a nearby primary school.

The firm was later approached by charity the Bridge Meadow Trust that manages the parkland, gifted to the people of Haverfordwest two decades ago for leisure and recreation purposes.

Improvement work being carried out by Jones Bros includes removing smaller trees to open the area up and re-seed it, as well as the removal of a concrete base from a former roundabout, which will then be filled with soil for planting seeds.

Councillor Jon Collier, a member of the Bridge Meadow Trust, said: “It is fantastic that Jones Bros is doing this work for us on a voluntary, pro bono basis. It’s a huge help and a big weight off our minds.

“Jones Bros has a great reputation and it is very reassuring to have this work carried out by such a competent company, giving us great peace of mind.

“This piece of land is very well used by people in the town, including young families and little ones from a pre-school nursery so it is crucial that great care and effort goes into making sure it is safe and secure.”

Further future improvements to the park include the replacement of children’s play equipment.

Geraint Thomas, South West regional manager for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, said: “During the time we’ve worked in the Haverfordwest area we have forged some really positive relationships and are aware of the parkland and what a terrific resource it is for local people.

“After being approached by the Bridge Meadow Trust we were more than happy to help out.”

Jones Bros carried out the construction scheme on behalf of developer Conygar Investment Company and worked in close consultation with Pembrokeshire County Council.

The scheme, near Thomas Parry Way, also included the raising of a new roundabout to allow for new roads from future retail and housing developments; ecological works to relocate wildlife habitats including slow worms; landscaping; tarmac surfacing and footpath and cycleway construction.

Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros employs approximately 350 people. It operates across the UK in sectors including construction of waste management facilities, highways and renewable energy projects such as wind farms.