Case Study: DJ Construction

Case Study: DJ Construction

Port Talbot based DJ Construction is one of a number of local companies which have been successful in securing work on Swansea University’s new £450m Bay Campus, being developed in conjunction with leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen.

DJ Construction

The company, which has been going for 30 years, has built up a good reputation through its work on projects within the region. It saw the Bay Campus development as an opportunity not only to secure work, but also to provide engagement with the prestigious contractors and potentially become part of their regular supply chain network.

DJ Construction initially secured a £90k contract to complete the site set up for VINCI Construction UK, but this was just the start of the relationship. Having demonstrated its ability and professional approach on the initial works, DJ Construction was then employed to deliver a number of other work packages, leading to a total of almost £600k of additional work in areas such as enabling work and infrastructure; preparation for special concrete contractors; entrance signage; maintenance of site roads; assisting other contractors on roads, ramps, drainage and hardstandings.

In addition to the work for VINCI Construction UK, DJ Construction is now also undertaking work for Galliford Try, the company appointed to build the additional student accommodation and support facilities announced in July 2014.

Speaking about the Bay Campus, Director of DJ Construction, Steve Jones, said: “The work has helped us get through the turbulent economic times.  It’s been a chance to be known and recognised as an approved sub contractor, able to work alongside the large firms. Being involved in such a massive and high profile project has given us the confidence and credibility to tender for work for other major contractors.”

Contracts on the Bay Campus have not been the only work which DJ Construction has been doing for Swansea University.  The company has also been working with Bouygues UK, the University Framework Contractor, on the new data science building, the Farr Institute, being built on the Singleton Campus, where they have undertaken the demolition of an old building to make way for the new build.  DJ Construction has also worked on the recent redevelopment of the front of Fulton House, to create a new reception area to welcome visitors, and on installing new paving on campus. 

“In employing us to work on the campus developments, the three main contractors have all been actively demonstrating their commitment to supporting local companies and employment” said Steve.  “It’s been very welcome and has given us a great opportunity to show what we are capable of, helping us to build our portfolio for future projects.”

Between all of the contracts, the company has already won work worth almost £1million and as a result has allowed DJ Construction to employ more local people, both on a temporary and permanent basis.  The company’s headcount has increased from 7 to 18 permanent staff over the 18 months of the contract so far, with its total swelling to around 30 at the peak of activity, earlier in 2014.