Truck stop contractor awards more than £750,000 of contracts to Anglesey firms12th Aug 2014

A leading North Wales firm has procured more than £750,000 worth of material orders from Anglesey businesses supplying the Holyhead truck stop development.

Civil engineering contractor Jones Bros, which is delivering all groundworks for the Conygar – Road King joint venture, has procured compliant materials worth more than £750,000 from island businesses.

Suppliers to the project, which is being backed by betting magnate Fred Done, include Mona Precast, based in Gaerwen, which will supply paving materials for the project, and Hogan Group, which has won the contract for dry aggregates. Hanson, based in Gwalchmai, will supply concrete for the £3.5m transport hub.

On top of the £750,000 investment in local materials, Jones Bros has also sourced a further £500,000 worth of materials from within 30 miles of the truck stop site, on the Parc Cybi business park.

The 200 parking bay transport hub will serve the thousands of hauliers that use Holyhead port to travel to and from Ireland every year.

Fred Done, of the Conygar – Road King joint venture, said: “It’s great to see work progressing well on site through the use of locally sourced materials.

“I”m pleased that North Wales companies are working together on a project that will boost the local economy in a number of ways.

“As well as benefitting local companies through the supply chain, I hope this project will lead to development of Parc Cybi, providing further benefits to the Anglesey economy.”

Jones Bros project manager Hefin Lloyd-Davies said: “Having previously completed the works on constructing the business park in 2008, we have worked closely with local suppliers to source compliant materials for this project.

“Jones Bros is very pleased to be using locally sourced materials that add value back into the island economy during the construction of the transport hub.”

Nigel Jones, director of Mona Precast, said: “As a family-run firm that’s been on Anglesey for more than 60 years, we’re delighted that Jones Bros has chosen us to supply brick paving for the truckstop in Holyhead.

“The order will see us supply more than 20,000mof paving, which equates to more than a million individual brick pavers.

“It’s a big project that’s right up there with our largest ever paving orders, and will take us about two-and-a-half weeks at full capacity to manufacture the paving.”

Jones Bros’ work on the project includes constructing 22,000mof hardstanding and the construction of 278 Works access points into the site. The truck stop should be operational by January 2015.

Jones Bros is working alongside the Watkin Jones Group on the project, which is constructing the truck park’s support facilities.

Mark Watkin Jones, group managing director of the Watkin Jones Group said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract by Road King to build the main facility building on the new lorry park.

“It is great to see this level of inward investment into North Wales and in particular Holyhead. It brings with it jobs and other opportunities for businesses associated with transport and logistics.”

Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 300 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.