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Wet weather fails to dampen spirits at Colwyn Bay Promenade

VolkerStevin’s overhaul of Colwyn Bay’s promenade has some impressive numbers behind it.

As our site visit begins for this year’s Open Doors, VolkerStevin’s senior site agent James Elliott takes the tour group through some of the key numbers behind the scheme.

The project has included 4,500 cu m of concrete and 900 tonnes of sheet piling so far as part of a £4.8m scheme to improve defences and public access to Colwyn Bay’s crumbling promenade.

Our tour is joined by a group of BTEC students from Leek High School, a specialist technology school. It’s the students’ second Open Doors site visit of the day, having earlier visited Buxton to see Vinci’s work at the historic Crescent building.

“It’s great to get the kids out on site to see and feel it - better than me jabbering on in the classroom!” says one of the teachers.

He adds that the school tries to get its students, many of whom are learning trades such as bricklaying, out on site as much as possible, with Open Doors providing a perfect opportuniy to do so.

On site, the students are shown VolkerStevin’s work on the promenade, which is due to complete in June this year.

The contractor is refreshing the promenade after client Conwy Council decided to take radical action to replace the town’s ageing sea defences.

The works will include improved sea defences, a new pedestrian promenade, new public realm and a cycle route along the town’s seafront.

The day’s visit is the second school group of the week, and Mr Elliott says VolkerStevin has also visited schools in the area to promote its work on the seafront project and to outline the different careers that construction can offer.

He adds the contractor has worked with the local job centre to recruit people from the town to work on site.

Sadly, our site visit is cut short by a sudden rain shower, but not before the visiting students have been given a taste of what construction has to offer.

Project: Colwyn Bay promenade improvements
Contractor: VolkerStevin
Client: Conwy Council
Value: £4.8m
Start date: August 2016
End date: June 2017

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