ICE Wales Cymru Awards – Jones Bros highways project shortlisted twice11th Jul 2019

A Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK highways scheme received recognition twice at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Wales Cymru Awards.

The civil engineering contractor’s work on the final phase of the Llangefni Link Road was up for the Roy Edwards Award, for projects less than £3m, and the Bill Ward Sustainability Award.

Jones Bros used an innovative soil stabilisation technique on 7,000m3 of unsuitable material in order to re-use it onsite in other aspects of the build.

This removed more than 3,000 haulage journeys to and from site, reducing the carbon footprint, quarrying operations, as well as reducing any waste sent to local landfills.

Ruthin-based Jones Bros constructed 800m of new highway to complete the route, in addition to reconstructing an old roundabout and building a new one from scratch.

The project required 10,000m2 of asphalt, 800m of drainage, 2km of kerbing, and the creation of an attenuation pond to control surface water discharge.

The annual ICE Awards recognises excellence in concept, planning, design, contract management, and construction of projects in Wales.

Jones Bros contracts director Hefin Lloyd-Davies said: “We enter these awards to benchmark our work against similar projects, and it’s fantastic recognition for the team when we are shortlisted.

“The Llangefni Link Road scheme illustrates that it is possible to be sustainable while still delivering high-quality results on time and to budget.

“We worked with local suppliers to source materials including stone, concrete, and tarmac, meaning more than 40 per cent of the project cost was spent directly on Anglesey. In addition, more than 90 per cent of the scheme’s workforce live in the local area.”

The Llangefni Link Road will be vital in facilitating the delivery of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Masterplan to develop their Llangefni Campus into an internationally-renowned Energy and Engineering Training Facility and supporting the expansion of Bryn Cefni Business Park.

It also aims to reduce congestion in the town, as well as promote the Welsh Government’s active travel policy through the use of shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

The link road has received funding from the Welsh Government, the Isle of Anglesey County Council, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Jones Bros’ Llangefni Link Road project was also shortlisted at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW), where it was highly commended in the sustainability category and was also up for civils project of the year.

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros is now being run by the second and third generations of the founding family and employs more than 350 people.

The family-owned firm has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years, with many of its senior management having started out in apprenticeship and trainee roles.

In addition to highways, it works on the construction of waste management facilities, renewable energy, and flood and marine defence projects around the UK.