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Bridge Street, Cardiff – Progress update..

Great progress is being made at Bridge Street, Cardiff!

Read the update from site below…

‘Good and steady progress has been made with all ground floor slabs now poured. This is a key milestone for the project as it gives us a base to start all the temporary staging needed to cast the floors above. All drainage excluding the final foul and storm connections have also been completed.

Progress has also been made on the vertical elements of the build and our strategy of jumping the core is proving to be the right move. We have 2 pours planned for each week on the core, the 1st being the walls and the 2nd being the stairs and landings which follow 1 floor below. This means we have permanent access up the core and only leaves 1 floor to be accessed through ladders. We are currently up to kicker on level 2. Our 1st section of mezzanine slab was also poured on Tuesday 2nd May above the ATC, we plan to pour the rest of the mezzanine slab by mid-May.’

A huge well done to all involved!

Topping Out Ceremony – Finance House, Bournemouth

Finance House

We recently held a Topping Out Ceremony at our Finance House development in Bournemouth. The ceremony was arranged to celebrate the last beam being placed at the top of the building and the overall completion of the building shell.

Due to be completed in August 2015, the project includes the demolition of an existing eight storey reinforced concrete frame office building and garage lock up, and the erection of a new higher education facility comprising 2966m2 of academic space together with 392 student accommodation units.

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Guests included Professor John Vinney – Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University, Linda Cowan – Managing Director of Kaplan, local Councillor John Beesley and Adam Kerr from Legal and General.

Following brief speeches from Mark Watkin Jones, Professor John Vinney, Linda Cowen and Adam Kerr, guests were invited to the Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Centre for the reception and refreshments.

To read the story in full or to watch Mark Watkin Jones’ video interview, please visit the following link:

Thank you to all who attended.

Huddersfield Civic Society Design Awards

Huddersfield Award

We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday evening our Robert Castings development in Huddersfield was named ‘Best Residential Building’ at the Huddersfield Civic Society Design Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Design Director, Dave Roberts, who proudly accepted our award on behalf of everyone who has worked on this project.

The Huddersfield Civic Society launched its annual design awards in 2012, in order to demonstrate their support in both protecting and enhancing the heritage of the town and to celebrate the very best in new design and innovation.

During 2014 the society, in conjunction with the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, invited its members to nominate their favourite buildings from various categories, namely Best New Development, Best Shop Front, Best Refurbishment and Best Residential. In addition, Huddersfield Daily Examiner invited its readers to nominate their favourite building.

Robert Castings

The judges felt our Robert Castings development was ‘a strong, no-nonsense development that reflects the former industrial nature of the riverside area, complementing both successfully converted older properties and a number of exciting new developments while providing well located student accommodation within an attractively landscaped campus.’ Congratulations and well done to everyone who has been involved in this project.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony – Heriot Watt University

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Work has started at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and includes the construction of a new build 450 bed student residence. Split into 3 blocks, the scheme comprises 15 studios & 435 cluster beds, all with en-suite bathrooms.

To celebrate the start of the project, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was recently held on site and was performed by Heriot Watt Principal Professor Steve Chapman. He said: “Watkin Jones were successful due to their track record, the quality of their bid and the efficiency of their cost and delivery model. Watkin Jones have also used their expertise and previous experience to add value to the quality of design, most significantly to the room design which is obviously important to our customers – the students.” A brief speech by Group Managing Director, Mark Watkin Jones, then followed.

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Once the ceremonial photographs had been taken, guests were invited to view our completed showflat and enjoy a hot beverage and a bacon roll.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

The New Watkin Jones Websites


We are delighted to announce the launch of our new websites.

With a completely new look, improved functionality and an enhanced navigation experience, the launch includes a new bilingual Watkin Jones Group site and a dedicated site for Watkin Jones Homes. Both sites have been designed with accessibility in mind, they include a cleaner layout of page content, and are able to be accessed through a wider range of web browsers and devices, including mobiles and tablets.

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New site features include Board of Directors profiles, current job opportunities, case studies of current and completed schemes, a page dedicated to our work with local communities and a live Twitter feed. Going forward, we will be continually expanding our online content to ensure you are kept up to date with the latest news and developments from across the Group.

We are thrilled to share our new sites with you and invite you to start exploring. Please visit:

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Holyhead Truck Stop – Aerial Video


A few months ago we commenced work on site at the new Truck Stop in Holyhead. This scheme includes the construction of a new management hub for a 200 space lorry stop at Parc Cybi. As well as providing management offices, the hub building will also include bar and restaurant facilities along with accommodation and shower blocks.

The scheme is really taking shape now. To view our progress from the air, follow the link below:

Topping Out Ceremony – Birmingham Fire Station

Fire Station Topping Out

Last week we held a Topping Out Ceremony at our Fire Station development in Birmingham City Centre.

The event was attended by over 40 people, including the Client, the funders, representatives from the three local universities, and a number of architects and engineers who have worked on the project.

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A brief presentation was held by Paul Oliver, CEO of Curlew Capital, followed by the laying of a ceremonial brick by Dugal Hunt, Director of CBRE Global Investment Partners. Canapés and drinks were provided and guests were then invited to take part in an informative tour of the new development.

Thank you to all who attended.