Award-winning Hale Construction Lays Foundations for Future Growth
Neath-based JG Hale Construction Ltd has swept the board in a number of industry awards.
Last week Hale scooped five titles at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015, including the award for Best Social Affordable Housing; Best LABC Partnership and Best LABC Site Supervisor (Residential.)
The Best Social Affordable Housing title was awarded for Hale’s Groves Road development in Cimla, Neath with Hale’s Crymlyn Road development in Skewen also placed runner-up in the same category.
Groves Road was also runner-up in the Best Large Volume New Housing Development category. Daniel Thomas, 29, who began as an Apprentice Carpenter at Hale 13 years ago, was named Best LABC Site Supervisor (Residential.)
Hale, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has always placed a firm focus on staff wellbeing through nurturing and mentoring young talent like Daniel. The company has built a reputation as a leader within their field and were also named runner-up in the Best Social Affordable Housing category for the Crymlyn Road development in Skewen.
The family-run company, which was recently shortlisted in the national LABC industry awards; is forecasting a £26m turnover this year and this raft of awards consolidates the group’s substantial plans for ongoing expansion.
Local Authority Building Control delivers high quality building control through Local Authorities and for the last 12 years has held annual awards to recognise the most dedicated individuals and construction companies operating throughout the UK and to help raise standards within the construction industry. .
With a workforce of 136, Hale has been influential across some of West Wales’ largest developments and has built up a leading reputation with its portfolio of award-winning private and social housing; care homes; retail and commercial developments and its outstanding understanding of client need and demand.
Jonathan Hale, Managing Director at Hale Construction, said: “We are delighted with this latest recognition. As a team, we know our work is consistently carried out to the highest standard, often exceeding client demand, but awards are a great way of showing our team their own value and of boosting staff morale
“Our staff has always been key to our success and we have always had a firm focus on recruiting the right personnel and retaining them, whether at management or apprentice level. To this end, we initiated a thorough and very successful apprenticeship scheme in the very early days, which has grown and become strengthened over the years. Daniel is a prime example of this, progressing from apprentice carpenter to a now award-winning Site Manager, through a winning combination of hard work and guidance.
“This is a very exciting time for Hale Construction and Hale Homes and we have enjoyed longstanding success at the LABC Awards and value the standards they have in place.”
Hale Construction Site Manager Highly Commended at Top Industry Awards
Mathew, who was named LABC Warranty’s top Site Manager at the Wales Awards earlier this year for his dedication to the now sold-out SA1 Harbour View development scheme, has since become new Site Manager at Hale’s luxury Bethany Lane development in Swansea’s West Cross.
The prestigious awards ceremony final was hosted at The Brewery in London’s Chiswell Street. Mathew was Wales’ regional winner of the LABC awards earlier this year.
31-year-old Matt, from Llansamlet said, “I was very pleased to have won the regional award and really enjoyed attending the finals in London. It was a great evening and I am very proud to be part of the team at Hale Construction.”
Hale Construction’s Managing Director Jonathan Hale explained, “Matt Hall joined Hale Construction as a young apprentice carpenter at the age of 16. Once Matt had completed his apprenticeship he was encouraged to progress within the Company. He became Site Manager at SA1 before moving on to become Site Manager at Bethany Lane. We would like to congratulate Matt, once again, for winning the highly commended award in the LABC Warranty National Site Manager Awards 2014.”
LABC, which delivers high quality building control through Local Authorities, holds annual awards to recognise the most dedicated individuals and construction companies operating throughout the UK.
Matt, who recently raised over £200 for two charities in the Admiral Swansea Bay 10K race, by running a route that took him past his own Bethany Lane development, was initially nominated for the regional award by LABC inspector Tony Lloyd, with whom he has built up an exemplary working relationship since beginning working with Hale.
The LABC Warranty Site Manager Awards have been designed to provide recognition and reward for site managers who achieve the highest standards of construction and Mathew said: “We were inspected at every stage of the SA1 build and I felt very privileged to be short listed. I was delighted with winning the award and would like to thank Hale Construction for giving me the opportunity to manage these fantastic developments and also my workforce and family for their support. “Building homes to the highest standard is very important to me and working closely with Tony Lloyd has allowed me to achieve this.”
LABC Warranty has seen build standards improve, despite the recent challenges facing the construction industry. The Board was impressed by the standard of qualifiers put forward this year. With over 2500 eligible site managers at the start of the competition, Mathew was shortlisted as one of 43 finalists and then named Wales’ winner alongside 14 other regional winners, who were judged on their attention to all aspects of construction, from Health and Safety and cleanliness to quality of work, materials storage and cost.
Mark Ablett from Persimmon Homes Ltd was named overall National Site Manager of the Year at last week’s ceremony.
Mike Swatton, LABC Warranty Business Development Director and Head Judge commented, “The quality standard of the nominees across the board has been unprecedented, once again raising the bar for next year’s nominees.”
Hale became the first Welsh contractor to pick up 2 awards in the same year at the regional build in quality awards in Cardiff. Hale picked up the award for Social-Affordable Housing with its large extra care scheme Ty Twyn Teg, one of Hale’s many health care projects.
It also scooped the sustainability award for its education centre at Garwnant, adding to Hale’s reputation as an environmentally aware contractor.