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Letterston School – Ysgol Ger Y Llan – Phase 1 Completion

We are proud to announce the completion of Phase 1 of the above contract.Ysgol Ger Y Llan

This element of the contract involved the completion of the construction of the new school with a contract period from commencement on site on 14/02/2011 to completion and handover on 30/03/2012 with a value of £3.5 million and BREAAM EXCELLENCE.

Completion was achieved on contract which allowed the head teacher and staff the Easter school holiday period to relocate from the old school to their brand new state of the art school.


Letterston VC Primary School

Letterston VC Primary SchoolProject Description

The project is to deliver a new school to accommodate in the region of 180 pupils aged 3 to 11 on the site of the existing Ysgol Ger y Llan at Letterston.

Ysgol Ger y Llan is a popular Voluntary Controlled Primary School for 3 to 11 year olds in Letterston, Haverfordwest, with Ms. Elin Evans as the Head Teacher and 122 pupils. The school is transitional where Welsh is the language used in the day to day business of the school and a high priority is given to creating Welsh ethos. The school communicates with parents in both languages. The finished facility, which will amalgamate two local schools and is expected to be completed in July 2012, will house pupils from Ysgol Ger y Llan and Mathry School following an education re-shuffle. The school will also provide community facilities. The school also has very strong links to its local community and to the Fishguard family of schools.

Proposed Letterston VC School Ground Floor Masonry Layout

BREEAM Rating & Score

The new building achieves a BREEAM rating of Excellent with a score of 74.47%

Design Features & Sustainability

The building has been designed with a high emphasis on health and well being. The acoustic performance of the building aims to exceed the performance standards required by Building Bulletin 93 for indoor ambient noise levels and reverberation times. Point of use water coolers are used to provide drinking water for building occupants use throughout the day. At least 80% of the floor area in each occupied space will receive adequate day light and have an adequate view out. Controlled shading systems to include internal and external blinds are provided. High frequency ballasts are installed on all fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps and internal and external lighting is in accordance with the appropriate maintained luminance levels (in lux) recommended by CIBSE. Fresh air is capable of being delivered to the occupied spaces of the building via a natural ventilation strategy and there is sufficient user control of the supply of fresh air. Thermal comfort levels in occupied spaces of the building were assessed at the design stage to ensure appropriate thermal comfort levels are achieved. A reduction in CO2 emissions is achieved by improvement in the energy efficiency of the building's fabric and services. Direct sub-metering of energy use is provided and all external lighting is carefully specified and controlled by the presence of daylight. A feasibility study to consider local low or zero carbon technologies was carried out and implemented. A suitably qualified ecologist to advise on enhancing and protecting the ecological value of the site has been appointed and we have been able to provide evidence of a positive increase in the ecological value of the site. There is no negative change in the site's existing ecological value as a result of the development. From early design stage we consulted with staff and pupils to determine their educational and social needs for the school grounds and we have set up partnerships with local groups including the local wildlife trust.


Below is a summary of the basic cost information for the project

Element Cost £/m2
Total Building 1342.06
M&E Services 437.50
External Works (inc. Drainage & External Services) 529.04

Functions & Areas

The total site area is 1.5 hectares and includes building, parking and access, recreation areas and soft landscaping.

Element Area m2
Teaching spaces – classrooms etc 509
Administration – offices etc 36.4
Social – common room 156
Toilet facilities 102.17
Storage 194.75
Circulation 225
Plant room 108
Total Building 1600

Predicted Energy Consumption

The following figures for predicted energy consumption are approximate, and based on available user information: Predicted Electricity Consumption = 13.6 kWh / m2 Predicted Fossil Fuel Consumption = 40.78 kWh / m2 Predicted Renewable Fuel Consumption = 3.5 kWh / m2 Predicted water use in m3 per person per year = 4 % predicted water provided by grey water = 0%

Construction Management Techniques to Reduce Environmental Impacts

Measures implemented during construction to reduce environmental impacts included:

  • Segregation of site waste, into general and recyclable waste with further segregation of recyclable waste into different skips to aid material recovery and prevent unnecessary waste going to landfill
  • Water butt collecting rainwater for cleaning of site tools.
  • Recycled timber used for temporary framing and mortar spot boards. All temporary and construction site timber will be responsibly sourced and carry full certification to provide audit trail.
  • Tree protection zone for existing trees and hedge maintained throughout the construction
  • Recycled aggregates used for Sub Base works

Sustainable Measures Achieved

The following sustainable measures will be implemented as part of this development:

  • Dedicated areas will be provided with raised planters for pupils to create and manage organic planting.
  • Natural habitat areas, including a wildflower meadow area, bird nesting boxes and feeder stations and bat roosting boxes will be located around the site to improve biodiversity.
  • A rainwater butt is being provided for watering of the garden areas.
  • The majority of hot water needs will be provided by solar thermal collectors on the roof.

Construction Progress Photos

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June 2011:

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Letterston VC Primary School Team

W.B. Griffiths & Son confirmed as main contractor for development at Peregrine Close, Haverfordwest

Proposed LayoutW.B. Griffiths & Son Ltd has been confirmed as main contractor for a residential development of 35 dwellings at land off Peregrine Close, Haverfordwest for Pembrokeshire Housing Association.

The contract has a value of approximately £3.2m, and will run for 62 weeks. The architect is the Lewis Partnership of Llanelli and the engineer is Roger Casey Associates of Carmarthen.

The development will be built to Level 3 under the code for sustainable homes and the design will comply with all current design requirements of the Welsh Assembly Government.

WBG nominated for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards 2011

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Building Control, for the eighth year running is hosting a Building Awards Scheme which promotes and encourages high standards of workmanship, management and health and safety within the industry.

W.B. Griffiths & Son Ltd has been successful with the construction of a Youth Forum at Baglan Library, Laurel Avenue, Baglan, Port Talbot and has been nominated for an award.

The presentation ceremony will be held at The Towers Hotel & Spa, Jersey Marine on Friday 4th March 2011.

Top Safety Accreditation for W.B. Griffiths & Son Ltd

Safe Contractor ApprovedW.B. Griffiths & Son Ltd is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

We recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Employing over 50 people, we are principally involved in building and civil engineering services and property maintenance.


WBG goes offshore to work.....

Skokholm IslandWorking offshore is very different from working in construction onshore - obviously. The long working day (12 hours), the harsh weather conditions, especially off the Pembrokeshire coast, the remoteness, and the reliance on boat or helicopter travel do not suit everyone. Others find it a challenging but refreshing environment, quite different from the nine-to-five routine and the rush-hour commute.

W.B. Griffiths & Son are pleased to of stripped and re-roofed the accommodation block and re-pointed stonework at Skokholm Island for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. It was never going to be easy but the volume of work completed and the end results over the two week project are hugely encouraging.


Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Minor Works

Following an evaluation process W.B. Griffiths & Son Ltd have been successful with their tender for Minor Works Scheme for Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

The contract involves us taking every precaution to minimise the disruption to the Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service premises during the minor works process. The general strategy is to enhance premises awareness and to incorporate construction noise mitigation tactics into our planning.


CHAS Assessment Scheme

CHAS LogoThe application by W.B. Griffiths & Son Ltd for the Contractors Health & Safety (CHAS) Assessment Scheme is compliant and has been registered on the database. Confirmation of compliance can be obtained from the scheme administration team. License and "Certificate of Accreditation" have been applied for.

The Contractors Health & Safety (CHAS) Assessment Scheme is dedicated to completing health and safety pre-qualification assessments to a nationally recognised and accepted threshold standard. CHAS is a founder member and current Chair of Safety Schemes in Procurement – Competence Forum or SSIP.


Haverfordwest Law Courts Office Rationalisation & IT Works

swanseacourtW.B. Griffiths and Son Ltd are pleased to confirm their tender submission for the Haverfordwest Law Courts Office Rationalisation & IT Works has been accepted in the sum of £237, 779.51.

Work will commence on 4th January 2010 and be completed by 8th March 2010 under Standard Form of Contract GC/Works/1 - General Conditions (Without Quantities).

The Contract Manager for the works will be Mark Griffiths (Director) and Quantity Surveyor will be Allen Allcock.

Achilles Link Up Membership

Achilles LogoW B Griffiths have had their application accepted for the Achilles Link-up service. The Achilles Link-up service provides a single common registration, qualification and audit process for contractors shared by the UK rail industry.

Pembroke Castle Cafe opening!

Pembroke Castle CafeMembers of WB Griffiths & Son Ltd have been invited by David Ramsden, on behalf of the trustees to a drinks reception on Friday 12th June 2009 as a thank you for their hard work at the Cafe over the last few months.

WB Griffiths win Hounsell Avenue contract!

Hounsell Avenue, ManorbierWB Griffiths have been awarded a contract by Pembrokeshire Housing Association to design and construct 6×1 bedroom – 2 person Terraced Flats at Hounsell Avenue, Manorbier. works have commenced.

WB Griffiths awarded Phase 2 Swansea Crown Court!

Swansea Crown CourtWB Griffiths Property Maintenance Department have been awarded the contract to start Phase 2 of the refurbishment works at Swansea Crown Court. This is following the successfull completion of Phase 1. Works are due to commence on 3rd August 2009.

WB Griffiths & Son Ltd Win Contract to Build 10 Properties!

WB Griffiths have been awarded a contract by Pembrokeshire Housing Association to design and construct 8×2 bedroom OAP adapted bungalows and 2×3 bedroom disabled facilities bungalows at St Johns Road, Pembroke Dock. Works are due to commence in September 2008 and should be complete by September 2009.

WB Griffiths & Son Ltd awarded further Pembrokeshire Housing contract!

WB Griffiths have been awarded a contract by Pembrokeshire Housing Association to design and construct 1×4 bedroom disabled facilities bungalow at St Faith’s, Lamphey, Pembroke. Works are due to commence in January 2009 and should be complete by July 2009.

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