Jones Bros helps make festive ice rink accessible to more local people16th Nov 2017

The loan of heavy plant and secondment of skilled operatives and civil engineers by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has helped make a major seasonal visitor attraction more accessible to families.

The company offered to level a sloping area of land so that the Christmas ice rink at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, could be built adjacent to the theatre complex for the first time.

The ice rink is returning due to popular demand, after attracting 10,000 skaters during its inaugural year in 2016. More than half of the skaters were first-time visitors to the theatre.

Around 60,000 litres of water will be used to make real ice for the rink, which will measure 20 metres x 10 metres in size.

The theatre’s artistic director Tamara Harvey said that in 2016, the rink had had to be built some distance from the theatre.

She said: “Jones Bros’ contribution this time will make all the difference. It will bring the ice rink much closer to the theatre building to make it more accessible. We could not have done this without Jones Bros.”

Jones Bros director Ruth James said: “We have been delighted to help enable Theatr Clwyd build on the success of last year’s skating rink through the provision of our organisations skills. This is an example of the company working collaboratively and efficiently with the Theatr to ensure this attraction is available to the community once again this Christmas.

“As the vast majority of our people and their families live in North Wales, we have enjoyed teaming up with Theatr Clwyd which offers such a great facility enhancing the culture of our local area.”

The rink will be open from Friday 8 December to Sunday 7 January. Tickets will cost between £8 and £5 and include skate hire. Sessions last 45 mins.

Full details and booking are at www.theatrclwyd.com. There are no booking fees.

Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Jones Bros has grown rapidly in the last decade. It is currently working on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.