Leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros is ahead of schedule on a major scheme to pave the way for a multi-million pound housing and retail development in south Wales.
The company is constructing a new roundabout and enlarging an existing one on a 74-acre site at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire to provide access to a proposed housing and retail development on nearby land.
Jones Bros is carrying out the project on behalf of developer Conygar Investment Company and is working in close consultation with Pembrokeshire County Council.
The scheme, near Thomas Parry Way, also includes the raising of a new roundabout to allow for new roads from future retail and housing developments; ecological works to relocate wildlife habitats including slow worms; landscaping; tarmac surfacing and footpath and cycleway construction.
The project began in February and had been due for completion in February 2016, but is now on course to finish before Christmas, 2015. Geraint Thomas, South West regional manager for Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, said: “This project has gone very smoothly so far and we are several weeks ahead of schedule.
“We have been working closely with the council and have done our best to keep any traffic disruption to an absolute minimum and be considerate to residents, businesses and a nearby primary school.”
Around 20 Jones Bros employees have been working on the £3.6m project, which has also provided a boost to the surrounding economy with several local firms providing labour and plant hire.
A site visitor centre has also been opened as part of Jones Bros’ pledge to engage with the local community. The visitor centre allows residents to find out further information about the ongoing roadworks and infrastructure development work under way by Jones Bros.
Original plans for the development included a housing development and a new Sainsbury’s store. However the supermarket announced earlier this year that its plans have changed and it will not be opening a store on the site. This portion of the land has been bought back by developer Conygar who are incorporating it back into its existing plans.
Founded in the 1950s, Jones Bros employs approximately 300 people. It operates across the UK in sectors including construction of waste management facilities, highways and renewable energy projects such as wind farms.