A ROAD in the Vale of Glamorgan has been recognised in the ‘Constructing Excellence in Wales’ Awards 2020, as the St Athan Northern Access Road was awarded the ‘Civils’ Project of the Year.

The new £15m road was opened by economy, transport and North Wales minister Ken Skates on September, 30 2019.

It was funded by the Welsh Government and built by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, of Abergavenny.


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The road provides access to Bro Tathan Business Park – home to major occupiers including Aston Martin Lagonda, eCube Solutions and Bristow Helicopters.

It acts as an important economic link, enabling inward investment and encouraging future development.

Construction of the road created substantial active travel provision as well as benefits to biodiversity.

A bespoke lighting scheme designed with Natural Resources Wales is in place to mitigate the impact on dormice and bats, while consultation with a fish ecology specialist led to a uniquely designed stream culvert to assist with the passage of fish through their habitats.

Mr Skates said: “Bro Tathan is a significant part of Wales’ economic infrastructure and this road provides much-needed access to all of the opportunities it brings.

“All construction projects bring challenges, which in this case were met with a great deal of innovation and creativity.

"I want to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work and I’m pleased they have received recognition through this much-deserved award.”

Project manager for Alun Griffiths Contractors, Ian Thomas said: “We are thrilled to receive accolade for our part in delivering the St Athan Northern Access Road.

"It was truly a pleasure to be part of a one team ethos that held collaboration and innovation as core values, ensuring all team members were engaged to overcome the challenges faced.”