Jones Bros scoops national award for coastal defence work7th Apr 2011

A multi-million pound coastal defence scheme completed by Jones Bros has won a national award recognising “excellent standards of consideration” towards the environment and local community.

The £7.6m project in Tywyn, mid Wales, is one of 640 winners selected from some 8,500 sites eligible for a Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award.

Only the top performing 7.5 per cent of sites visited by the scheme’s monitors have won an award.

Jones Bros representatives were presented with a bronze award during a ceremony at Plaisterers’ Hall in central London on Thursday, April 7.

The Tywyn project, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Regional Development Fund, was designed to protect residential and commercial areas of Tywyn from the risk of flooding.

It involved the importation of more than 50,000 tonnes of rock to construct a breakwater and replace groynes. Most of the rock was delivered by sea, providing a spectacle that attracted a regular flow of onlookers to a visitor centre that Jones Bros set up on the promenade.

The project, carried out for Gwynedd Council, was so well received locally that a letter of thanks signed by 300 people was presented to the on-site Jones Bros team in recognition of their hard work and professionalism.

Wales’ environment minister Jane Davidson praised Jones Bros during a launch ceremony on the town’s Victorian promenade on March 24.

Jones Bros contracts director John Dielhof: “For the Tywyn project to be named in the top 7.5 per cent in the country for consideration towards the environment and community is extremely pleasing.”

Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Chief Executive, Edward Hardy, said: “These awards gave us the opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts made by contractors in reaching the very highest standards of consideration.”