Further Business Success for Williams Tarr Construction at Alpla



Further Business Success for Williams Tarr Construction at Alpla

Williams Tarr is very happy to announce that it has once again secured a repeat business win.

Alpla, one of the world’s leading packaging system designers, based out of Stonecross Business Park in Golborne, has appointed Williams Tarr Construction as Principal Contractor for the next phase of development on its manufacturing facility.

This will be the 4th project that Williams Tarr Construction has completed for Alpla since 2012 and the Company is pleased to once again be secured for this next phase of work.

The project, which is circ £150k in value, includes excavation and alterations to the existing building.

To be selected on more than one occasion by the same business is a great achievement as it confirms to us that the standard and quality of the work that we deliver is appreciated and seen” says David Wilkinson, Managing Director of Williams Tarr Construction.

This next phase of re-development will commence on site in October, lasting for approximately 12 weeks. As with all projects within live manufacturing environments, this project requires extensive planning and organisation prior to us commencing on site. Safety will be our priority throughout.


Williams Tarr seals the deal on Flintshire Retail Park

Williams Tarr Construction is proud to have been awarded the design and build contract for a new retail development at Flintshire Retail Park.

Working on behalf of T J Morris and HMG Investments Limited, Williams Tarr will redevelop existing car parking areas to construct four units to provide a total of 38,600 sq. ft. of new retail space. The £3M project will commence in the coming weeks and will be phased over 27 weeks.

The largest unit in the scheme is a 24,670 sq. ft. store commissioned by T J Morris for Home Bargains, who have outgrown their existing store located nearby on the park. The other three units are being built for the park owners HMG Investments, who have Iceland Food Warehouse lined up for the largest one. The remaining two units are currently under offer, with the potential retailers yet to be named.

Located prominently in the heart of Flint on the A548, the popular Flintshire Retail Park is home to many other major retailers besides Home Bargains, including Sainsburys, ASDA, Farmfoods, Argos, B&M, McDonalds and many more. These four additional stores will ensure that the busy facility remains a prominent and appealing location for shoppers across the region.

Willliams Tarr Managing Director David Wilkinson commented:

“It’s great to be able to confirm that we have secured this job. We have worked with T J Morris on a number of projects and to be appointed to deliver another large Home Bargains store for them is a credit to the work we have already done. In addition, renewing our relationship with clients such as HMG Investments, means that as a company we are continuing to successfully demonstrate our ability to deliver high quality and cost-effective projects. I am looking forward to seeing the finished scheme at Flint which I’m sure will be impressive”.

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.


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.


Home Bargains

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.

T J Morris Buyers Office Prescot

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.

An exquisite finish, 100 years in the making

Williams Tarr Construction was pleased to handover a £2m HQ building expansion for Evans Vanodine International, just in time for them to commence the celebrations of their centenary year.

Evans Vanodine was established in 1919, and this project coincided with the completion of Williams Tarr’s centenary year.

A developer and manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products, Evans Vanodine have achieved considerable growth over the years. Having started as a small family business in a small laboratory with minimal office space, the company is now proud to be a world leader in the industrial, janitorial, food process and animal health sectors.

Similar to Williams Tarr Construction Evans remains a family run business with the fifth generation of the Evans family responsible for key positions within the business.

Williams Tarr Construction MD, David Wilkinson commented:

To deliver this project in time for Evans Vanodine to celebrate their centenary year was a great honour for us. We understand completely how much it means to achieve the milestone of 100 years in business and to be appointed to provide this high quality, technologically advanced flag ship facility for Evans at this time, was a privilege.

Working for another family run company, which has the same ethos as ours, has been a pleasure.

Liaising closely with Architects Sunderland Peacock & Associates, the Williams Tarr team produced a high quality finish in line with the expectations and desires of the client. The eye catching design, which features Alucobond cladding to the exterior provides modern, spacious and comfortable premises.

The scope of work involved a major refurbishment of the existing HQ offices and the construction of an extension for additional offices and micro-biology labs. The main reception and lobby area had a complete overhaul and a modern lift installation, to allow for easier access around the premises. In addition, a first floor viewing platform was created to provide both visitors and staff with a 180 degree outlook over the adjoining production facility.

Incorporating high quality finishes, modern architecture, bright décor and bespoke finishes the new facilities are a welcome environment for both the Evans staff and their visitors. In addition, major work was done to protect the local natural habitat.

David explained:

We carried out extensive works on the exterior ahead of commencing the project, this included cutting back trees to protect them from the works and landscaping the frontage down to the pond. We wanted to ensure that the natural habitat was protected and that the wildlife was not affected by the construction activity.

Williams Tarr is delighted to have created this new facility and trust it will enable our client to achieve the continued growth which we know they are striving for.

Evans Vanodine is now all set and ready to go for the next 100 years in operation.

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.

Hindley Green Aerial

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.