John Treks to Everest Base Camp



John Treks to Everest Base Camp

Williams Tarr Director, John Hughes has recently returned from an epic three week adventure to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

The trip commenced with a day’s sightseeing in the iconic city of Kathmandu before flying out to the short, steep, mountain airstrip at Lukla.

Accompanied by three pals from his mountaineering club, John then made a 17 day trek up into the Sagarmatha National Park, staying in village “tea houses” en route.

Their hike passed through the ancient  trading post of Namche Bazaar up to Gokyo Lakes, the highest lake system on earth. Then they scaled the 17.600 foot peak of Gokyo Ri to take in  tremendous “roof of the World” views of Mount Everest and three other  8,000 metre peaks.

They continued via the Khumbu valley to Everest Base Camp, staying overnight at the tiny settlement of Gorak Shep. From there the four climbed the peak of Kala Patthar, the high point of the route at 18,200 feet that gave them breath-taking close-up views of Everest and Nuptse.

At the end of the trek, they spent two days of well-earned rest and relaxation in Kathmandu. On his return at the end of November, John commented:

It was the experience of a life-time. With the reduced oxygen and tough terrain the trek was challenging, but the scenery was absolutely stunning at every step. We enjoyed blue skies and sunshine every day and were enchanted by the Nepalese people and their rich culture and heritage. Our Kathmandu based trekking company, “Visit Himalayas Treks” were excellent.

I want to go back to Nepal soon!



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Raising The Roof at Hindley Green

Williams Tarr has been awarded a £2m re-roofing and general refurbishment contract at Hindley Green Business Park, Wigan.

Following on from previous successful contracts working with consultants Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, (TFT),  Williams Tarr was selected for a partnering agreement to undertake the sensitive works within this complex and partially live environment.

Williams Tarr will carry out roof replacement and repair work and internal refurbishments to five units as part of a general upgrade programme.

After an initial phase in August to survey the building, determine the scope of works and develop designs, the main works commenced in October 2017.

As with any project of this nature it will require first class site management” explains Helen Oliver, Marketing Manager at Williams Tarr.

The Hindley Green project is an interesting challenge for our team.  Part of the estate will remain occupied throughout the works and our teams will  be operating at height, removing asbestos sheets and renewing  roof coverings on the existing warehouse facilities. We have extensive experience within this field and as a company we ensure that we use this expertise to deliver a safe and high quality job.

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Alpla Choose Williams Tarr Again

Williams Tarr is delighted to announce that we have once again secured a repeat business contract with an existing happy customer.

Alpla, one of the world’s leading packaging system manufacturers, based out of Stonecross Business Park in Golborne, has appointed Williams Tarr Construction as Principal Contractor for the next phase of development on its production facility. This will be the 3rd project that Williams Tarr has been awarded by Alpla since 2012.

The £500k contract includes new loading bays and plant room extension to meet Alpla’s on-going business expansion programme.

We are very pleased to be selected once again as this shows us that the quality of the work that we deliver speaks for itself says Les Parker, Commercial Manager at Williams Tarr.

This next phase of re-development will commence on site at the end of September and will last for approximately 20 weeks. The project requires extensive planning and co-ordination as all of the work is being carried out within a live factory environment. Safety will be our priority throughout, as will minimising any disturbance to the operational facility and its workforce throughout the duration of the contract.



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Williams Tarr win another T J Morris Contract


Williams Tarr is very pleased to announce that it will soon be starting work on site at the Axis Business Park, Liverpool, on behalf of TJ Morris.

The £2.5m scheme will convert the existing 25,000 sq. ft. Home Bargains Training Centre into a high-spec two storey Buying Office.

The 24 week project involves stripping out most of the existing internal installations and the introduction of a 13,000 sq. ft. metal deck and concrete composite mezzanine floor. The existing ground floor slab will be repaired and some stanchion bases require strengthening to carry the additional loadings. The external cladding envelope is to be modified and new curtain walling entrance and lobby areas created.

The two storey main open plan offices have been designed with curved perimeter walls.  Various new ancillary meeting rooms, staff welfare facilities and toilets will also be provided.  A central helical feature staircase in an open void, protected by stainless steel and glass balustrading. Raised access floors are to be installed and all finishes and M&E installations will be to Grade A office specification standards.

This is another repeat business win for Williams Tarr who has successfully delivered a number of major Home Bargains projects for TJ Morris in recent years.

Managing Director, David Wilkinson says “It’s always pleasing to know that we have done a good job by receiving repeat work from existing customers. We are delighted to have been awarded this new prestigious office project, by TJ Morris.”


Williams Tarr appoint Helen Oliver as Business Development & Marketing Manager

Williams Tarr Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Oliver as Business Development and Marketing Manager.

Helen is reporting directly into Managing Director, David Wilkinson, and will be responsible for building on existing relationships, developing the new projects pipeline, leading and developing marketing projects and the development and promotion of the Williams Tarr brand.

Helen has taken on this role to support Business Development Executive Elaine Bannon.

Helen will ensure that she maintains the strong contract database whilst using her wealth of marketing and brand management experience to promote Williams Tarr effectively within the North of England construction sector. She will be focusing on increasing engagement both with current clients and new business.

The appointment of Helen comes ahead of a big year for Williams Tarr, which will be celebrating its centenary year in 2018.  In preparation of that Helen will focus on its brand messages and positioning to ensure that the Company is maximising the communication of this knowledge and experience. Helen will also use her experience, within the Utilities, Retail, Construction and Healthcare sectors to maximise future opportunities for the Company.

“I am delighted to be given this opportunity. It’s great to be able to work for such an established and successful local company” Says Helen.

“I will be working alongside Elaine, who has worked within the industry for over 25 years and I welcome the opportunity to learn from her.”

 Before joining Williams Tarr Helen held various positions across both the public and private sectors. Helen has an honours degree in PR, Professional Diploma in Marketing (DipM) and is an Accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM).

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Racing Ahead at Ravenhead

Williams Tarr is very pleased to announce that it has been appointed by Hammerson to carry out extensive reconfiguration work, of the former Currys/PC World retail store, at Ravenhead Retail Park St Helens.

The existing 40,000 sq. ft. unit is to be subdivided to create up to 4 additional units at this popular retail park.

As part of the required scope of work, Williams Tarr will be stripping out the existing unit, sub-dividing it and providing new amenity blocks, planar glazed shop frontages and entrances, new service mains installations and modifications to access paths and roadways. In addition, Williams Tarr will be installing a new “Giromax” roof coating onto each of the units, for long term sustainability.

Worth circa £1.3m, the project is expected to run for 16 weeks and complete in October 17.



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Two More Retail Schemes Secured

Williams Tarr have commenced work on another two repeat business retail park schemes worth £2.5million.

At Willenhall near Walsall we are creating a new 31,000 sq. ft. Home Bargains store for T J Morris. The unit, located off the Keyway Retail Park on Armstrong Way, has lain vacant since fire tore through it a decade ago and it is now being brought back to life with an extensive reconstruction scheme.

Willenhall South councillor Carl Creaney welcomed the development.

He said: “I’m just glad that a building that has been empty is being brought back into use again. I’m glad it’s going to create local jobs.”

Over in North Wales at Central Retail Park Wrexham, Aviva Investors have appointed Williams Tarr to carry out the strip out and major refurbishment to reconfigure two existing units into one new store for B&M Bargains. Work is well under way and the project is due to be completed in just 16 weeks.

Williams Tarr Construction M.D. David Wilkinson commented:

We are delighted to win more repeat works from these two blue chip clients. We strive to maintain a high standard of project delivery on all contracts and this ethos creates long term relationships that lead to further orders.


Williams Tarr 99th Anniversary Dinner Success

Williams Tarr celebrated 99 years of trading with their traditional Anniversary Dinner at Warrington Golf Club. The event was attended by almost 50 professionals; a sociable mix of distinguished construction and property clients and consultants.

Williams Tarr M.D. David Wilkinson opened proceedings by welcoming everyone and thanked them for their friendship and support. He was pleased to report that the firm’s order book was healthy, however there was a constant need to keep the pipeline well fed.

Once again, the guest speaker was Professor Patrick Minford C.B.E., the eminent economist who was a leading financial adviser to Margaret Thatcher. Patrick is an expert on the financial aspects of Brexit and his talk concentrated on the hot topics of “Brexit – What Next?”  and “Deal or No Deal”.

Patrick’s presentation was, as ever, entertaining and thought provoking. Guests included the proverbial Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman, ensuring that the emotive Brexit topic led to the evening being rounded off with an amusing and lively Q&A session.

Next year’s Williams Tarr Anniversary  Dinner promises to be a major event to commemorate the company’s Centenary.

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Flying Start On Fast Track Factory Re-build

Brightland Estates have awarded Williams Tarr a £1.7 million fast track design and build contract for a 26,000 s.f. fire damage replacement building for Total Polyfilm at Walton Summit, Preston. Total Polyfilm, the major manufacturers of high quality polythene film products,  lost their Conversion Hall in a huge fire in May 2016. The race is now on to get the facility back up and running in the Summer.

The original building was totally gutted in the fire and following demolition, erection of the new steel framed building is in progress. Abutting manufacturing buildings survived and all the re-construction activities are being carried out within the busy live 24 hour operational factory areas.

The replacement facility comprises production/warehouse areas, two storey offices, staff amenities and canteen. The scope of works includes extensive fit out and M&E works. Williams Tarr have sequenced the construction programme to ensure that Total Polyfilm can be be given early access to commence their  machinery installations.

The employer’s agent is Carter Jonas based in Leeds, architects are the local practice JYM Partnership and the structural engineers are Mason Navarro Pledge from Hitchin.

Four More Repeat Business Wins

Williams Tarr have secured four new projects including two retail unit reconfigurations in Liverpool city centre for Aviva and Liverpool One, a job at Whitehouse Vale, Runcorn for YKK UK Ltd., and an industrial scheme for Alpla UK at Stonecross Business Park, Golborne.

Whilst the contracts were won in tender, all four are repeat business awards from recent satisfied customers.

Williams Tarr Construction Managing Director,  David Wilkinson, commented:

We fully appreciate that referrals are the key to our business’ longevity.  Most referrals begin with the relationship first, followed by the quality work that was completed for the project. We have a core philosophy of maintaining high standards and excellent relationships with all clients, consultants and our supply chain to achieve first class delivery on all jobs.  Invariably this brings repeat opportunities.