Multi-million pound North Wales project halted when developer collapsed is going back out to tender

A multi-million pound project that was halted when the developer collapsed is going back out to tender.

WRW Construction, one of the leading construction firms in Wales, secured the contract for Bwthyn y Ddol in Eirias park, Colwyn Bay.

The centre is due to be a haven for vulnerable children needing assessment and stop kids with complex needs being sent hundreds of miles away for care.

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But the Llanelli based firm ceased to operate in July and later entered administration.

Now the tender for the design and build of the Children’s Residential Assessment Unit will go out this month with the hope a new contractor can start on site in spring 2022.

An aerial view of how Bwthyn y Ddol, on the former Meadow lodge site in Colwyn Bay, will look (Image: Dewis architects/WRW Ltd)

The Bwthyn y Ddôl project is a partnership between Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The project is funded through the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund (ICF).

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Cllr Louise Emery, deputy leader at Conwy council, said: “I fully support restarting the procurement process with the extended timeline and our own ground investigation report. This will offer best value for the project and hopefully we’ll receive a number of contractors’ bids to get this project moving again.”

Cllr Cheryl Carlisle, cabinet member for Social Care and Safeguarding said: “This is such an exciting and worthwhile project, we very much hope we’ll be able to appoint a new contractor as soon as possible in the New Year.”

Welsh Government have supported the extension to the spend timescales of March 2023 on the understanding that the contract is awarded by March 2022.

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