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Crown Buildings

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Project name: Crown Buildings, Alterations, Extension and Refurbishment

Scope of Works: Refurbishment, alterations and extension

Location: Wrexham

Contract: JCT D&B 2016

Value: £5,700,000

Duration: 53

Client: Wrexham County Borough Council


Procured by Wrexham County Borough Council through the North Wales Construction Partnership, this 2-stage Design and Build scheme comprised the alterations, extension and refurbishment of the town centre four storey 1960’s office block to create modern facilities.

The completed project provides modern facilities for various local authority and wellbeing services within a town centre, accessible setting – promoting town centre rejuvenation and investment.

The Crown Building project stands out from the crowd in Wrexham Council’s dedication to their Net Zero ambition – transforming an outdated and inefficient 1960’s facility into a modern office by focusing on a fabric first refurbishment that reduces energy demand & waste while maximising the supply of renewable energy.

Crown Buildings focusses on environmental sustainability delivering major reductions in carbon emissions, and extension of an existing built assets lifespan by 50+ years – saving embodied carbon, future raw material extraction and opex.

The project was a finalist in the Net Zero Constructing Excellence in Wales award and is the all Wales LABC winner in the Best Public / Community Building category.


Improved Local Services – the project has far reaching sustainability benefits, with multiple local authority and third party community services combined in a single coherent town centre location. Improving the facility and re-location of local authority Social Care and Housing Services has resulted in two rented premises being vacated – saving cash, carbon and energy.

Wider Social Benefits – the social-economic benefits informed design, construction and use, supporting the town centre with a 600 person capacity office facility commercially bolsters the town centre, key in deciding to bring together accessible multiple services – justifying the viability and efficiency gains of the refurbishment project.  The relocation of these services for the more vulnerable members of the community has improved accessibility and visibility of the support as well as driving pedestrian traffic to the heart of the town.

Supporting Local Homeless – one of the key priorities of our client is to support the local homeless population. Read worked closely with Wrexham Council and the local homeless charity to provide regular donations to the homeless community. This included Christmas boxes which included health and personal care essentials, and a clothes donation drive.

What was said ...
  • Tracy Hague, Housing Options & Allocations Lead – Wrexham County Borough Council

    Can I thank you and your team once again for your kind donations. Our homeless community are always very grateful for clothing and your donation was very timely as some of our residents at the Groves were in desperate need of some items.

    Please be reassured that all donations we receive from you are given to those who are most vulnerable and nothing goes to waste.

  • Simon Baynes MP/AS

    I am writing to congratulate everyone at Read Construction for helping the homeless over Christmas.

    I was very impressed to hear of your fundraising and decorating parcels to ensure that those in need in our community were able to receive essentials over Christmas – this is very kind and will benefit the vulnerable in our area, so thank you.

    It has been an extremely difficult year for so many people across the country, so this is a wonderful example of the community coming together and supporting each other at Christmas.

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