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HANDOVER AT GELLIGAER

12th June 2020

Earlier in the year we successfully handed over a project back to our long standing client, United Welsh.

This scheme, which was soundly managed by our experienced Site Manager, Shaun Worsfold, sits on the former Greenhill Primary School site and within a busy existing residential area, provides in total 37no. new residential dwellings for the community. 

These 37 homes are a mixture of houses, flats and bungalows.


The scheme provides a connected pathway to the new school site which is aimed at providing consistent safe passage to the school grounds, for parents and children.

We hope these new homes will provide suitable and modern affordable accommodation for our client, United Welsh and their tenants, for many years to come!

 

COVID-19 COMPANY UPDATE

27th April 2020

As of Monday 27th April, our sites are back open with limited operative numbers initially to progress works in a controlled manner and in accordance with the Site Operation Procedures as issued by the Construction Leadership Council and Welsh Government Physical Distancing Guidance. 

Some of our site procedures include the following measures that will be in place to help protect all stakeholders:

  • A whiteboard (mounted externally in a weatherproof spot) logging which operative is working in each plot which is only altered by the site manager.

  • Operatives are not allowed into any areas other than the plot assigned to them.

  • External workers are not allowed inside buildings.

  • When work is completed in one area, the Site Manager is informed and that plot closed off. Plots that are not being worked in are kept locked.

  • Accurate records are kept to inform which areas are available for inspection. Based on the Covid-19 virus being able to survive for 72 hours on any surface, a plot would need to be locked up for that amount of time before any thorough inspection.

  • Operatives place a bollard across the entrance door to the toilet block so that only one operative is in there at any one time.

  • Strict rotas for staggered use of canteen facilities and extra cleaning regimes in place within welfare facilities.

  • Only the Site Manager is allowed into the site office (a chain across the stairs seem to work) and visitors phone the manager so he can sign them in.

  • All the above procedures are communicated to the workforce by email in advance of them attending site, then reinforced by socially distanced toolbox Talks.

Our Toolbox Talks include details of what the key symptoms of Covid-19 are, how to protect the individual operative, how to prevent catching and spreading the virus, and what to do if an operative thinks they have Covid-19. 

If you would like to know more about our Covid-19 operating procedures, or would like any of our documentation, please feel free to email pdb@pendragondesignandbuild.com, or for any urgent queries, please contract Dave Johansen on 07802 528628.

 

HANDOVER OF PHASE THREE

24th February 2020

We are proud to announce our recent successful handover of the third phase of our new build residential development with Linc Cymru.

Phase three of this development included 21no. new homes offering a mix of one-bedroom apartments two, three and four bedroom homes. Amongst these also included two adapted homes specifically designed to help tenants achieve personal independence, improving wellbeing and quality of life.    

The adapted homes are the first UK social housing properties to include the Guldmann hoist wall to wall partition system. This innovative feature requires less structural work and is designed to seamlessly lift and move the user through multiple rooms allowing greater comfort transfer.

Throughout the course of this development and continuing into the final phase, Pendragon have been working closely with Y-Prentis to ensure career opportunities, training and work experience for individuals within the local community.

The site has historic mine workings and therefore each footprint had to be proof drilled by a specialist contractor accompanied by a specialist geotechnical engineering consultant. Following these results, the mine workings were stabilised by means of pouring liquid grout into the wellholes thus providing a solution to the ground stabilisation.

From initial positive feedback from both tenants and our client, we hope these homes will continue to provide a high standard of affordable housing to the local community in Ebbw Vale for years to come!

 

LOCAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH LINC CYMRU

7th November 2019

In collaboration with Linc Cymru and as part of our multi phase residential scheme off Gwaun Helyg Road, Ebbw Vale we were delighted to provide support to some important local projects to aid in the wider community regeneration initiative. 


Following local feedback it was overwhelmingly decided to support the Willowtown Community Primary School memorial garden and access improvements to RTB Ebbw Vale Football club.


The memorial garden at the school saw children work hard to create a beautiful and inviting space in memory of their teacher, Miss Pritchard.

Representatives from Willowtown School expressed the positive effect the memorial garden has had to the pupils engagement with gardening and nature.


A member from RTB explained, 'You have improved our ground no end and made it more accessible to a lot more people. It worked so well, we had a school run their sports day here this year because of our improved facilities'

Justine Scorrer, Linc's community regeneration Manager said, ‘It has been a pleasure to work with RTB Ebbw Vale Football Club, Willowtown Community Primary School, and Pendragon Design and Build and I am thrilled to see the finished product and hear about all the benefits the work has enabled’

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT VALE HOMES

30th August 2019

We had a fantastic day supporting the Vale Home Tenants and Staff undertaking the Barry Island 10k race! We were delighted to be involved cheering on the runners who were running on behalf of Marie Curie, in memory of Cynthia Ellis.

Mark Ellis, Community Investment & Involvement Officer from Vale Homes, organised the event with some of the local residents, in order to enhance and improve the well being of individuals, along with building stronger relationships within the community. Before the 10k race, Mark said, "Mum was a most selfless, lovely lady. She was such a ‘glass half full’ kind of person and always saw the positives in everything. She fought with dignity and courage, and even in her final weeks at the hospice she kept her spirits up until the end. She would’ve loved to be able to cheer us on at the 10k and always supported me with everything I did, so it feels like a good way to celebrate her life and raise money for a worthy cause".

Mark and 20 of the Vale of Glamorgan Council's Couch to 5k group completed the Barry Island 10k to raise funds for the Cardiff and the Vale Marie Curie Hospice. Mark’s mum, Cynthia Ellis, was cared for at hospice at the end of her life after she was diagnosed with Leukaemia. 


Couch to 5k group members Andrew and Carol commented “This has been a brilliant 9 weeks, I have gone from doing no exercise to running three times a week and our general fitness has increased greatly. Julianna’s Joggers as we have called ourselves has really gelled and we encourage and support each other with the aim of completing the Barry Island 10k next week”.

A big congratulations from all at Pendragon (Design & Build) for all runners and organizers involved within Julianna's Joggers to help raise awareness and funds for such a great cause. 

If you would like to donate to the cause, please see below link and follow the instructions:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-ellis29

 

CONTRACT AWARD

5th May 2019

Southgate Garage, Llantrisant


We are pleased to be working on such a unique development located in Llantrisant for our Client, Rhondda Housing Association. We were successful with procuring this tender opportunity for much needed housing within the area. The scheme consists of 26no. dwellings which will include 2 Adaptive Living plots to accommodate specific occupant needs. The overall project value is circa £3M.


The development comprises of two L-shaped blocks which are two and in-part three storeys high and the tallest points being 15 metres high. There is a new access road and turning area between the blocks from Cross Inn Road, along with a communal garden area, two cycle stores and bin stores.


The site has many difficult challenges, including the severe amount of site remediation work needed before development can start. The former site being a garage left petrol hydrocarbons, asbestos, underground fuel tanks among many other hazards to consider before construction commenced.


We are due to commence shortly on this exciting project, beginning with the land remediation as outlined within the Geo-technical Engineers remediation strategy report.


If you would like to know more about this development, please feel free to contact the office on 01633 872406.


#BenchmarkingForTheFuture

 

HANDOVER! TREDERLECH NEWYDD, CARDIFF

28th March 2019

We are delighted to announce we have successfully handed over our development at Trederlech Newydd, Cardiff to our Client United Welsh Housing Association! The scheme came with numerous challenges, however we are extremely proud to have completed the Employers Requirements for this scheme, and look forward to the tenants occupying the dwellings.

The scheme included the construction of 21 new dwellings, at the Old Roofing Works site on New Road, Rumney, Cardiff. There are a mix of flats and houses throughout the development.

Due to previous uses on the site, there were high levels of contamination to remediate before any works could be undertaken. We are delighted that through outstanding team collaborative efforts, all contamination was removed and safe to continue with proposed development works. 

The development is also adjacent to the London Paddington - Swansea railway line. This led to discussions with Network Rail to develop a strategy to make sure that throughout the construction process, health and safety was paramount for both Pendragon and users of the railway line. 

We also had the challenging task of erecting the roof structure just 6m below a high voltage 132 kV pylon cable. This was achieved by careful planning from all team members, including Western Power Distribution, and was successfully coordinated by our Site Manager Julian Baugh. 

We hope all tenants and United Welsh are happy with their new homes!

 

COMMUNITY BENEFITS INITIATIVE WITH VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

14th March 2019

Pendragon (Design & Build) are pleased to announce their partnership with Vale of Glamorgan Council and Vale Homes to help young people with interview skills by hosting mock interview sessions.

As part of our commitment through our contract with Vale of Glamorgan Council for our site on Skomer Road, Holm View, Barry, we are delighted to have helped young persons in preparing for interviews and providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. 

We spent the morning running "mock interview" sessions with the candidates and gave insights and tips into preparing for interview sessions they may be faced with in the upcoming weeks. All of the individuals we spoke with were outstanding persons with a great drive and hunger to enter the working world. 


We wish all of the attendees the best for the future, and look forward to hearing their story!  

 

SUCCESSFUL ISO 9001:2015 TRANSITION!

16th December 2018

Pendragon are pleased to announce we have successfully completed the transition to ISO 9001:2015! We are fully committed to working to the standard, as it helps us manage and organise our day to day activities.

Back in 2015, two of the most popular management standards (9001 Quality and 14001 Environmental) underwent an update, with all businesses now being required to transition to the latest versions by September 2018.

The updates to ISO 9001 have been based on feedback received, resulting in a number of essential changes to the structure, documentation and general processes, making it simpler than its predecessor.  The top 5 benefits of the upgrade to businesses include:

  • Changes to the high level structure of the standards,

  • Better integration for clients running multiple standards,

  • More user-friendly and more intuitive for service based organisations,

  • A new risk based approach, bringing the standards in line with other key ISO standards and

  • More focus on leadership to maintain the standard.

We look forward to using the new standard, to help us grow as a business, and deliver exceptional client satisfaction. 

 

PENDRAGON (DESIGN & BUILD) ONLINE

28th September 2018

Pendragon is online! 

We have been operating throughout the South-East Wales region with no online presence for over 30 years. We are now excited to showcase our new website to you, which will detail all of our news, updates, and ongoing projects. Please follow us to keep up to date through our LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

 

NEW DESIGN & BUILD COORDINATOR

13th July 2018

We are pleased to welcome a new addition to the Pendragon family; welcome Alex Johansen!

Alex has recently joined the company, following a wealth of experience from previous employment. Alex has a strong background in sustainable construction and is eager to develop some of the ideas he has picked up over recent years into our every day practices.

Alex is a Chartered Environmentalist, and CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant. He can assist design teams in achieving Part L Building Regulation compliance by providing reliable and detailed knowledge. 


Alex's background of Planning and Geography has given him a keen interest in how the UK has developed the urban areas that can be observed in contemporary society today, from the policies and changing demographic traits that have resulted post World War II. With urban areas becoming more populated in the UK and throughout the world, pressure on becoming more environmental has changed the way in which governmental institutions have planned the urban areas.

Following his Undergraduate degree, Alex furthered his interest in urban areas combined with the much debated topic of urban sustainability and completed a Masters degree in Eco-Cities. The benefit of the degree furthered his knowledge on how cities and urban areas cannot only grow sustainably, but still continue to increase the competitiveness of the urban areas, along with increasing the social cohesion between the residents who live in the area. Various ways in which this can be achieved is by developing cities through compact development, the removal of roads in residential areas and increasing the pavements thus increasing social interaction, and by encouraging the use of sustainable transport through human powered transport and public transport. 

Alex's interest in urban areas, sustainable buildings and eco-cities led him to become a Sustainability Consultant. This enabled Alex to pursue his interest in sustainable cities. He is now hoping to develop the ideas and concepts that he has developed over the past 6 years, to promote low carbon sustainable development.  

 

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