A Cardiff-based construction firm has won a leading industry award after completing a development for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.
Atkin Trade Specialists, based in Cardiff docks, has received a Gold award at the annual Finishes and Interior Sector (FIS) Awards for the development of Extra Care Housing in Poundbury, Dorchester. The awards ceremony was aptly held at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
The development, a residential care home with 63 one or two bedroom apartments, is significant as it was built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, HRH The Prince of Wales.
Speaking of the development, Managing Director Robert Atkin said: “It is a huge honour to have worked on such an innovative development. The specification was something like we had never come across; our team put in exceptional hours to ensure this was truly a development that we could be proud of.”
This was the first time Atkin Trade Specialists, which is in its 83rd year of business, has completed a job on behalf of the Royal Estate.
Mr Atkin plans to write to Prince Charles and express his gratitude in being able to work on such an esteemed project: “It isn’t often you enjoy firsts as a company when you have been trading for over 80 years. However, this is certainly one to savour. I hope Prince Charles is delighted with the development.
“The FIS Gold award really is the cherry on top; we were delighted to receive such an accolade for our work on a landmark development that any construction firm would be proud to hang their hat on. The annual FIS Awards highlight exceptional levels of craftsmanship across the construction industry.”
The four-storey care home, which was worth £1.3M to the business, covered over 6,500 square meters and used over 250 tonnes of steel, both hot-rolled and Metsec cold-rolled which was pre-assembled in Cardiff by the firm and then taken to Poundbury to be fitted on-site. The 30-week project was in conjunction with NOMA Architects and primary contractor Galliford Try.
Speaking of the detailed specification, Mr Atkin said: “The specification incorporated many traditional features that was in keeping with the idyllic surroundings of Poundbury. Some of the challenges our team expertly negotiated were quite demanding. Specifically, the angle of the roof structure which helped the development stay true to its stringent specification set out by the Duchy of Cornwall, HRH Prince of Wales.”
Atkin Trade Specialists has a long and rich history in the Welsh Capital. Mr Atkin said: “My father established the business in 1934. We have grown to work on large-scale construction projects across the whole of the UK, and our 83rd year in business has proved to be a successful one; with turnover increasing by 15% to £12M and projects keeping us occupied into mid-2018. It’s a very healthy environment at present.”
Atkin Trade Specialists has evolved dramatically over recent years, with Metsec Metframe central to the business’ offering. The pre-panelised steel frame solution is used to provide the shell structure for medium rise buildings up to 11 storeys tall; and is suitable for various sectors including hotels, student accommodation, care homes and apartment blocks.