People, Places, Business

Trio win work at Neath

Local contractors win work on Neath Town Centre’s redevelopment

Three local contractors from Neath Port Talbot have been awarded work packages by Kier Construction on the first phase of the redevelopment of Neath town centre.

Neath multi storey car park

Worth over £1m, the packages have been awarded to Phase 3 Electrical, Avon Sheeting and HOS Civils. The packages include mechanical and electrical, cladding and concrete laying works. In addition to this, a number of local suppliers have also secured contracts for the project, including Construction Recycle Management (CRM), Hope Construction Materials and Derwen.

Kier Construction has been working closely with Neath Port Talbot Council’s Business Development Team in order to appoint local sub-contractors and suppliers. At the beginning of the project, Kier hosted a Meet the Buyer event that was attended by over 20 local businesses. The purpose of the event was to give local contractors and suppliers the chance to find out more about the project and talk directly to members of the Kier Construction commercial team.

David Blackmore, Contracts Manager from Avon Sheeting said – “Winning contracts on projects such as the Neath Town Centre redevelopment is vital to sustaining employment. Being recognised as an approved subcontractor with Kier Construction will also help us to tender for work with other major contractors.”

Sean O’Sullivan from HOS Civils said – “HOS have extensively used the support of Neath Port Talbot Council and this has resulted in the award of a significant job only 300m from our office.”

Richard Bunn, Project Manager for Kier Construction said: “We are delighted to be working with Neath Port Talbot Council on this exciting development for Neath town centre, which is making good progress. We continue to work closely with the Council’s Business Development team to ensure that local businesses and the local community benefit from this investment.”

Funded by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW), this first phase of the Neath Town Centre redevelopment will include a new 600 space multi-storey car park providing a modern well lit, spacious and secure facility for people using the town centre as well as the first new retail unit.

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Ali Thomas OBE said the Council is committed to supporting local businesses in the County Borough. “I am delighted that the Council are helping bring the skills of our local businesses to the attention of Kier Construction. Kier are committed to working with the Council to use local suppliers where possible and provide local people with employment opportunities.”

“This first phase of redevelopment has been made possible thanks to the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales, and in the county borough we have a proud track record of not only accessing external funding such as this, but also making the most of the opportunities it presents.”