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Josh Makin

Congratulations Josh

Williams Tarr Construction is celebrating thanks to Trainee Site Manager Josh Makin who has successfully achieved his HNC in Construction qualification.

After gaining a wealth of experience working alongside the existing Williams Tarr Construction Site Managers, Josh is now all set to take on a project of his own, with the support of the experienced Williams Tarr management team.

The company, which has paid for Josh to study part-time whilst working, is excited to see Josh continue to grow in capability as he builds on the knowledge and experience that he already has. Having gained site management skills by assisting on a selection of industrial, commercial and retail projects, Josh’s experience is already vast and provides him with a solid base to work from.

Josh’s current role is a long way away from his original profession, within the hospitality industry.

Having started work in 2014 for the Retreat Bar & Grill, Bolton, Josh worked his way up within the company to Restaurant Manager before realising himself that he would prefer a career in construction management instead.

Proactive in his approach, Josh applied and paid for the initial Site Supervisors course himself, before approaching Williams Tarr Construction for some work experience during one of his holiday periods. Following this work experience, Williams Tarr Construction offered Josh a trainee position after seeing the potential that he had.

Josh studied on a part-time basis at Bolton Community College. Referring to his course, Josh said “our teacher was very knowledgeable and had lots of industry experience that he used when delivering his lessons. We were taught using the most up-to-date information available and because of that I’ve been able to use this knowledge to make immediate contributions at work.”

Upon completing his course, we decided to ask Josh a few questions to further understand why he is passionate about working within construction. Here’s what he said:

Q: Why did you choose to train and work within construction?

I have always had an interest in construction from an early age and my father, who has worked as a Quantity Surveyor his whole life, has had an influence on me and encouraged me to get into the industry

Q: What do you see as the main difficulties and challenges for the future within the construction industry?

One of the main difficulties will be a skilled labour shortage, fewer young people are getting into trades such as bricklaying and as the older generations begin to retire, we will see these shortages affecting projects in the future.

Q: What are your favourite parts of your job?

I like being on site, I enjoy the hands on feel you get when you see how the decisions you make influence the job.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I hope to be running large projects of my own having worked along side the very experienced Site Managers that work at Williams Tarr.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful Site Manager?

I think planning is one of the most important skills a site manager can have, ensuring work is co-ordinated and organised, making sure that materials do not run out and there is always enough labour on site to keep to the programme. You also need the ability to think on your feet and make the right decisions quickly.



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It’s a Return Ticket to Crewe for Williams Tarr Construction

Following on from our recently completed project at Crewe Station for Locomotive Storage Limited, Williams Tarr is pleased to be back on site constructing a new access road and hard-standing together with infrastructure works.

The site, just to the south of Crewe Station, is directly alongside the busy West Coast Main Line and adjacent to the newly opened locomotive maintenance and heavy lift building, built by Williams Tarr. All site operations will have to be carried out to stringent health and safety procedures and in full compliance with strict railway construction regulations.  Work has just commenced on site with a planned Phase One completion date of 20th May 2019.

Our client, Locomotive Storage Limited are operators of Crewe Diesel Depot, a modern base for rolling stock and home to the steam locomotive overhaul company LNWR Heritage. They renovate, maintain and operate heritage locomotives and rolling stock on the main railway network.

 



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Work Begins in Holyhead

Williams Tarr has commenced construction on another new Home Bargains store for T J Morris, this time in Holyhead.

The £2.4m project, is another repeat business win for Williams Tarr Construction working collaboratively with T J Morris and will be the third new Home Bargains store.

The scheme comprises a 42 metre clear span, 28,891 sq. ft. store with extensive external works on the popular Penrhos Retail Park close by  the A55 North Wales Expressway in Holyhead. The park also incorporates  Superdrug, Boots, New Look, Argos and Tesco stores, among others.

The Employer’s Agents are Faithful+Gould and the Architects are WPL Consulting, both who we have successfully delivered projects with in the past. Work is programmed to take 27 weeks; with handover scheduled for the end of September 2019.

Williams Tarr Managing Director, David Wilkinson commented:

We are once again delighted to be working for T J Morris. Repeat business wins to us are extremely important and we look forward to delivering another successful Home Bargains project.



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Additional Contract Award at Axis Business Park

Following on from our successful completion of T J Morris Buyers Office in 2018, Williams Tarr was pleased to be invited back to carry out additional work at their prominent offices, located on Axis Business Park on East Lancashire Road, Gillmoss Liverpool.

The latest project, an internal conversion of the existing lounge area, will provide a new restaurant for the T J Morris Staff and is scheduled to last for 17 weeks, completing in the middle of June 2019.

In addition to the restaurant conversion, one of the existing on-site bedrooms will be converted into a staff lounge area to ensure that there continues to be plenty of space for R&R within this busy open plan environment.

Construction operations will be carried out within the busy office environment and therefore noise mitigation and health & safety are key. Williams Tarr is greatly experienced working within live environments and will ensure that any effects on the T J Morris employees throughout the contract are minimal.

Particular care will be taken to ensure that the existing high quality finishes are protected and that the decor of the new restaurant itself blend in well with the existing eye catching interior.

Williams Tarr Contracts Manager Chis Lee comments:

We are very happy to be invited back to carry out this sensitive project for T J Morris. Working for a client such as T J Morris is a real pleasure. We are looking forward to delivering these new facilities to the team here to compliment the new offices which we handed over last year.

 



Williams Tarr Appoints Olga Austin as Financial Controller

Williams Tarr Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of Olga Austin as Financial Controller, replacing Financial Director Chris Carter who retired in 2018 after 49 years of service.

Olga is reporting directly into both Managing Director of Williams Tarr Construction, David Wilkinson and Director of Williams Tarr Developments, Ed Wilkinson. Olga will be responsible for finances across all of the companies which sit within the Williams Tarr Group portfolio.

Olga, who is currently working towards her ACA, brings with her a variety of experience and is looking forward to the challenges that this new role will bring.

“I am delighted to be given this opportunity. Having lived in Warrington for 14 years, it’s great to be given the opportunity to work for such a successful local company” Says Olga.

“I have been working alongside Chris for two months to ensure a seamless transition and I have appreciated the time that we have spent together, enabling me to both develop on my skills and learn from someone with such varied knowledge”.

Before joining Williams Tarr Olga held various positions within the North West of England. Olga has an honours degree in Professional Accounting.

On behalf of everyone across the Williams Tarr Group we would like to welcome Olga and wish her well in her new role.



Chris retires after 49 years of service at Williams Tarr

Congratulations and Farewell Chris

It is with mixed emotions that we are announcing the retirement of our company finance director, Chris Carter, effective December 21, 2018.

Although we will all miss having Chris in the office, after 49 years of service at Williams Tarr, he has more than earned the opportunity to devote more time to his family and his interests such as travel and golf.

Devoting 49 years of service to a single company is a huge achievement and we are all proud to have worked with Chris throughout his career.

Chris has been replaced by Financial Controller, Olga Austin. Chris and Olga spent a number of weeks working together to ensure a seamless transition takes place.

On behalf of all at Williams Tarr, thank you Chris.



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Hindley Green Success

Williams Tarr has successfully completed a £2.5m re-roofing/refurbishment contract at Hindley Green Business Park, Wigan for Highgate Unit Trust.

The works involved roof replacement/repair work and general refurbishments to 150,000 sq. ft. of industrial space as part of a major upgrade programme.

Areas of asbestos cement roofing were stripped off and replaced with Kingspan MR1000 composite panels, whilst other areas including one of the occupied units were repaired with a Gyromax Delcote spray-on silicone coating system. The scope included the identification and removal of asbestos contamination, various modifications to external and internal walls to remove redundant doorways and the formation of new openings and a dock leveller.

The 1,000 kVA power supply was relocated and the existing domestic sub-station was completely reconfigured with new switchgear. H.V. and L.V. power installations and new fire alarm systems were installed and routed through the buildings.

Three of the units were opened up to form a new 100,000 sq. ft. production facility for incoming tenant Corenso, one of the World’s leading manufacturers of high performance cores. Operations were programmed to allow Corenso early access to commence their factory fit-out.

The sensitive works within this complex and partially live environment were safely and successfully carried out under a partnering agreement which engendered a positive team approach working closely with the Employer and lead consultants Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, (TFT).

Williams Tarr Contracts Director Trevor Hughes commented:

We’ve completed numerous refurbishment projects like this and it’s satisfying to know that we were able to resolve various unforeseen technical issues smoothly and amicably with the Client and his team to achieve a successful result.

 



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Repeat Win at Ashton Leisure Park

Williams Tarr Construction has been awarded another design and build contract by Legal & General Assurance to construct a new £1.1+ million TGI Fridays restaurant and associated works at Ashton Leisure Park.

The prominent site is at the entrance to the leisure park, adjacent to a  drive-thru McDonalds and a Harvester pub with the Metrolink tram route running alongside, on Lord Sheldon Way.

Scheduled for completion in 20 weeks, the new restaurant will have facing brickwork elevations and expansive windows with louvre features and a high level white rendered fascia up to the 6.4 metre eaves level. The substructure  is  reinforced concrete supported by pre-cast concrete piles. The scope of works includes new hard and soft landscaping, mains services and  drainage.

Williams Tarr specialise in the construction of retail schemes in live environments. As ever, stringent health and safety measures and minimising any disruption to the tenants and general public will be fundamental to the success fo this project.

The Employer’s Agent/Project Manager is AVID, the QS is Todd & Ledson, and the novated design team are AWAKE Architects and Ward Cole Consulting Engineers.

Williams Tarr M.D. David Wilkinson commented:

We are delighted to secure repeat business from blue chip customers like L&G. Our last job for this client was handed over on schedule and we were pleased to be complimented on the overall build quality.



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Full Steam Ahead at Crewe

Williams Tarr Construction is pleased to announce that it has commenced an £800k project for Locomotive Storage Ltd at Crewe Diesel Depot. The new building will be operated by LNWR Heritage Company as a purpose-built engine shed for the storage and overhauling of heritage steam locomotives that are operated on preserved and main line railways.

The 9,800 sq. ft. steel portal framed shed will be 14 metres high and 60 metres long with twin rail tracks.

The robust substructure comprises driven pre-cast concrete piling supporting a grid of reinforced concrete pile caps and ground beams. The superstructure has been designed for heavy lifting within the workshop utilising a 40 tonne s.w.l. twin beam overhead travelling crane.

The building envelope will have traditional profiled colour coated steel wall and roof cladding with roof lights.

As the building site is within the live railway complex, safety is paramount. Particular attention is required to ensure that all construction operations are carried out in full accordance with the stringent railway construction procedures.

St. Helens based PKL Partners Ltd. are designers and project managers for the works.



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The Champion of Champions!

We are VERY proud to announce that a recently completed Williams Tarr project has been awarded both Gold & Bronze in the Green Apple Awards, to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

Not only did the Kays Medical development win Gold for “Building and Construction” and Bronze for “Beautiful Buildings Heritage”, it was also awarded with the Green Champion of Champions award for scoring the highest of all Gold winners.

Well done to the architects Denovo Design and a massive thanks to everyone at Williams Tarr and our supply chain for who were responsible for delivering this excellent project.