READ Construction

Llandudno Junction School

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Project name: Llandudno Junction School

Location: Conwy

Contract: NEC3 ECC

Value: £9,100,000

Duration: 91 weeks


492 pupil capacity new build, primary School to BREEAM Excellent standard for Conwy County Borough Council through joint funding with the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme.

LOCAL ENGAGEMENT – As a North Wales SME, Read are committed to the support and development of the local supply chain. One success storey from the new school development was the support of two self employed joiners from within 5 miles of the site, to join together and form their own company – McKenzie & Jones Ltd. By providing the fledgling company with a 6 month pipeline of work, they had the support and confidence to expand. Through this and other local contracts, their team grew to twelve full time joiners and two apprentices within 12 months. Alongside the stable workload and cashflow, Read supported them with the supplier approval process, plant and machinery training.

COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT – Building on the ‘single source’ of infromation principle and in the interest of promoting collaborative work practices, Read deployed a portal based Common Data Environment for the project to deal with the management of all construction information. Client, supply chain and designers had access to upload and distribute infromation through the system with risk workshops, contract management workflows and design management all be managed and communicated through the system.

SOFT LANDINGS – Through a structured approach to handover, aligned with the Government Soft Landing (GSL) principles of engaging and exchanging information early and effectively, the handover and occupation of the facility has been achieved with nil disruption to the effectiveness of client operations. Our project delivery team remained assigned as the single point of contact to address ongoing requirements 6 weeks post occupation. By effectively managing the mechanical and electrical installation and ensuring fully communicated progress, early familiarisation training and ongoing support was delivered.


Read Construction believe is important to benefit both the Client by delivering a quality project, but also the local community and areas surrounding the project. This enables the community to engage with the project throughout the building work and be a part of the process.

Read’s Community Benefits Plan addresses ‘Sustainable Procurement’ Environmentally, Socially and Economically. We will deliver value for money on in terms of generating benefits to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.

What was said ...
  • Councillor Wyn Ellis Jones, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills

    I’m delighted that we are able to invest in this excellent new school, to allow the governors and staff to provide high quality education and support in new buildings that will be fit for purpose. The site has changed significantly since the turf cutting ceremony last November, and it’s very exciting to watch the new building take shape.

  • Llion Ellis, Head Teacher - Ysgol Awel y Mynydd

    I wish to thank Read for sponsoring the new football kit for the school. We’ve actually used the kit today in our first football tournament.

    Can I also thank Read for allowing us to bring the pupils and staff to visit the site, so they will be more prepared for the move when it happens.

    Hopefully we will have many more visits in the near future.

  • Llyr Gruffydd,Welsh Assembly

    It’s important that school leavers are made aware of the opportunities valuable in the construction industry, and it’s heartening that local firms like Read Construction are working in this direction. The site has a wide variety of positions for apprentices to learn their trade, as well as studying part time in local colleges and universities to improve their skills.

  • Celia Williams, CITB Wales Partnerships Manager

    CITB Wales is really pleased to be working with Read Construction on this exciting project, part of the Welsh Government 21st Century Schools Programme. We have worked closely with Read Construction for many years and value their contribution to apprenticeships and developing skills.

  • Rod Williams, General Operations Manager - Crest Co-operative

    Read Construction kindly donated waste timber from their site in Llandudno Junction, which was re-used to build planters, bird boxes, and provide kindling and logs to the local community through our community retail store. The timber provides work activities to volunteers and adults with learning disabilities, as well as proving low cost timber products to our customers.

    I would highly recommend Read Construction to any of our partners.

  • Llion Ellis, Head Teacher - Ysgol Awel y Mynydd

    The staff and pupils of Awel y Mynydd were overjoyed when they saw the fantastic new school in which they will start in September. Some of the pupils even asked if they could move in to live there! Everyone is looking forward to the move and would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this amazing building to Llandudno Junction.

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