THE CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE IN WALES AWARDS will take place on Friday June 12 at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Construction companies across West Wales are nominated in a selection of awards, and are currently celebrating their nominations.
Built by WRW Ltd on behalf of the council, Llanelli’s new Ysgol Ffwrnes is nominated for two awards, ‘Sustainability Award – Our Legacy’ and ‘Project of the Year’. In its submission, its environmentally friendly design features and modern teaching spaces are highlighted.
The improvement to the A477 Trunk Road from St Clears to Red Roses is also nominated for ‘Sustainability Award – Our Legacy’. Linking Pembrokeshire to the main motorway, the £47 million improvement scheme was completed by SRB Civil Engineering.
27-year-old property design technician Shane Evans has been shortlisted for the ‘Young Achiever award.’ Shane joined the authority as a building cadet in 2011 having completed a shared apprenticeship with Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd. He has recently gained a permanent position within the Property Services design team. Suffering from the debilitating condition, cystic fibrosis, Shane has battled through illness to qualify as a carpenter and has quickly progressed in his career. Shane has already won several awards, including a ‘Young Builder of the Year’ award in 2011.
Trainee site manager for Llanelli’s Morganstone Ltd, Owain Phillips, is also nominated for the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ award. Owain assists the site manager in completing and checking works, overseeing the finishing of the houses Morganstone are building, and completing any weekly checks and paperwork that are necessary for the build and health and safety. Carmarthenshire County Council’s Director of Environment, Christina Harrhy, said: “The CEW awards are seen as the pinnacle of construction excellence in Wales. We have enjoyed success in previous years, but to have one of our brand new schools shortlisted in two categories is something we’re very proud of.”
She went on to say: “Shane continues to do himself proud as he progresses his career, and we are proud to have him as part of our team. We’re delighted he has been shortlisted as one of three young people in Wales for this young achiever award. We are also delighted that Cyfle Building Skills, with whom we have strong partnership links with through training and apprenticeships, have been shortlisted for the Leadership and People Development Award. Many of our skilled staff have trained with, or worked alongside, the Cyfle team, and we wish them the success they deserve.”
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces.
Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.
Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.
James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.
Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.
Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.
Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.
M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea
A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.
The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.
Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.
Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”
Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment
DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.
The victim required hospital treatment.
Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.
They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.
Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.
This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Please quote reference DP-20220703-011
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.