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Council staff congratulated for top building award

08 March 2019

Two Neath Port Talbot Council staff members have been congratulated for picking up a top prize in the 2019 Neath Port Talbot Building Control Awards.

L-R Charlotte Hale (Seven Oaks Modular), Jonathan Morris, Julian Davies, Cllr Rob Jones, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council

Julian Davies, Principal Architectural Manager, and Jonathan Morris, Project Director (Architectural, Building Surveying and Building), were jointly given the Best Site Construction Professional of the Year (Non Residential) award.

Both Julian, who lives in Briton Ferry, and Jonathan, from Skewen, got the award for their work on some of the Council’s fast growing, multi-million pound portfolio of new schools paid for jointly by the Council and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme.

During the past year, Julian Davies has been involved in the development of Ysgol Carreg Hir, the £7m new primary school in Briton Ferry and a new primary school block at Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur in the Swansea Valley while Jonathan Morris has worked on the £30m Ysgol Cwm Brombil in Margam, the new 3-16 co-educational school which serves the communities of Coed Hirwaun, East and Central Port Talbot and the Afan Valley.

Cwm Brombil is to open officially on April 2 this year.

The annual Neath Port Talbot Council Building Control Awards (sponsored by Seven Oaks Modular), were held in Jersey Marine’s Towers Hotel in February.

The awards seek to reward good building practice and to that end Neath Port Talbot Council Building Control surveyors nominated those they considered to have excelled in the last twelve months in 14 categories ranging from domestic alterations and extensions through to large commercial developments.

Winning projects included Ty’r Orsaf, the development of an apartment block on top of ground floor commercial units at Port Talbot’s former police station by Morganstone Ltd (Best Social/Affordable Housing category) and the construction of another one of the county borough’s latest new schools, Ysgol Bro Dur in Sandfields, by Bouygues UK Ltd (Best Inclusive Building).

Speaking of his joint award with colleague Julian Davies, Jonathan Morris said: “It’s great to be recognised for the work we’ve been doing. Our department has been involved the development of the Band A new school projects in Neath Port Talbot with a total spend of more than £120m, so with a team of around half a dozen it’s quite a feat.”

Jonathan has worked for the authority for more than 20 years while, Julian, who previously worked in private architectural practices, has been with the authority since 2001.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development, Cllr Annette Wingrave, said: “Congratulations to Julian and Jonathan for the award – it is richly deserved and it was won against very strong competition.” 

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