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Vineyard toasts concrete success

Concrete specialists from a Shropshire company have played a key role in helping to create the county’s latest visitor attraction.

The team from Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, have been working with the owners of Hencote Vineyard Estate, near Shrewsbury, to deliver a multi-million pound project that will bring a new winery, restaurant and shop.

TG Concrete general manager, Dave Morris, said the project was one of the first commercial installations of the company’s innovative polished coloured concrete in the local area.

“We joined forces with Concrete Polishing, from Oswestry, for the project at Hencote, and we’ve used the product on the 450 sq m floor of the new restaurant. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows around the room, it’s a spectacular setting to show off the mirrored finish and the real wow factor that the polished concrete delivers.”

To create the mirror finish, the TG Concrete team poured the pewter-coloured concrete and then Martin Clark from Concrete Polshing mechanically refined the surface once it was set through grinding, polishing and chemical treatments.

The mix was made up of a golden shingle aggregate combined with sand from the Tudor Griffiths Group’s own quarry, and the coloured concrete finish was pewter.

The process involved heavily grinding the concrete to expose the aggregate, and using varying sizes of diamond tools – similar to sanding wood – to achieve a flatter surface and to create a Husqvarna Hiperfloor premium finish.

“The result is a low maintenance and dust free floor, and because the process will have increased the surface strength by up to 400%, it will be extremely robust giving greater longevity,” said Martin.

“The process also helps to reduce the environmental impact of laying a floor, as it reduces the amount of added material needed, as well as reducing the likelihood of any future replacements or refurbishments being required.”

TG Concrete is renowned for its innovative approach, and the company has developed a wide range of products and processes including coloured concrete, AgriCrete specifically for agricultural clients, and TG Cemfloor – a quick-dry liquid self-levelling screed for floors.

As well as the new restaurant and winery, Hencote Vineyard is creating new luxury lodges on its 60-acre hilltop site, a large terrace that overlooks the 17-acre vineyard, and a wine bar for wine tasting experiences and private events.

Pic: The polished coloured concrete floor at Hencote Vineyard Estate

Charity thanks local firm for ongoing support

A family-owned Shropshire firm has been praised for its ongoing support for the World Coracle Championships which raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, are keen supporters of the event, and organisers visited the TG Builders’ Merchants branch in Oswestry to thank them for raising £5620 during the past two years.

Managing Director Tudor Griffiths said they had really enjoyed the event and had already signed up to take part for this year’s championships which will take place in September.

“It’s always a really fun day, and at the same time, it gives everyone the chance to raise plenty of money for such a deserving cause. We’ve raised over £5,000 in the past two years, winning The Richard Bayliss Trophy in 2017 for being top fund raisers, and we’re hoping our supporters will be just as generous for the upcoming 2019 races.

“We’ll do our best on the day but it’s the taking part that counts, along with having lots of fun and hopefully not getting a soaking. Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in Shropshire is a great cause.”

Kate Thomas from Macmillan visited the TG Builders’ Merchants Oswestry branch to thank the team in person for their ongoing support.

“We’re extremely grateful to local companies like the Tudor Griffiths Group who always commit themselves whole-heartedly to the championships, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to this year’s event on Friday September 13th.”

The World Coracle Championships has been running for over ten years and takes place at the Pengwern Boat Club on the River Severn in the Quarry area in Shrewsbury. It was the brain-child of Richard Bayliss who first persuaded a collection of Shrewsbury companies to paddle the unstable coracles across the river for charity in 2007.

Kate said: “Sadly, Richard himself died of cancer in 2015. The organisers vowed to carry on the championships in support of Macmillan and provide support and the best care possible for people living with – and beyond – cancer, and their families in Shropshire. In memory of Richard, they present the Richard Bayliss Cup to the team who raise the most sponsorship for the event.”

Last year’s championships raised over £45,000 for Macmillan through race entrance fees, team fund raising efforts and other donations. Teams can now sign up for the 2019 World Coracle Championships via the website at http://www.coracleworldchampionship.co.uk

Pic: Kate Thomas from Macmillan Cancer Support and Paul Morris, branch manager at TG Builders’ Merchants Oswestry

TG Group is in the news!

We’re in the news! Look out for the latest edition of Shropshire Business magazine which hits the streets this week and features the story of our company over five generations.

Our managing director Tudor is the on the front cover and inside you’ll find out all about our history, our current business operations and our plans for the future.

And if you can’t wait for the printed version, just download the link below and get a sneak preview:


Loyalty leads to promotion

A loyal employee who joined a Shropshire company straight from school has worked his way up to a managerial post.

Russell Williams joined Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere at the age of 16, and now at just 23, he’s been promoted to waste and recycling manager.

“I’m delighted to have been given the chance to make such great progress in such a short time, and I’m really enjoying the challenge of leading a busy and close-knit team,” he said. “Tudor Griffiths Group have been incredibly supportive during my time here, and it’s an opportunity that shows they have real faith in my capabilities.”

Russell initially drove heavy plant equipment for the firm including excavators, dumpers and tractors, before being promoted to a supervisor’s role in the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) team.

Now he is responsible for the entire MRF waste recycling facility, inert plant recycling, and compliance with landfill regulations.

Managing director Tudor Griffiths said Russell’s promotion was as a direct result of his dedication and commitment to the company.

“We’re very proud of Russell and his success here at TG Group, and this promotion is so well-deserved. We’re looking forward to working with him to ensure the waste recycling service goes from strength to strength.”

Russell’s promotion is part of a restructure following an increase in business for the recycling and skip hire divisions.

And the company has also seen a new addition to Russell’s team with the appointment of James Bright as a waste, sales and technical assistant.

James, who is also 23, has previously driven HGV vehicles as well as qualifying as a transport manager and working as a transport planner for a refrigeration company with over 20 vehicles.

Pic: Russell Williams (left) and James Bright at TG Group in Ellesmere

Self-compacting concrete is a game changer

Concrete specialists from a Shropshire firm have unveiled a new self-compacting product.

The team from TG Concrete, which is part of the Tudor Griffiths Group, is renowned for its innovative approach, and the latest addition to its catalogue is already attracting a great deal of interest.

TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said one of the first installations had already been completed on a project in conjunction with Knights Construction Group, from Wrexham.

“We supplied the new self-compacting concrete for the job, and everyone has been extremely impressed with the impeccable finish that we’ve been able to achieve.”

The concrete can be poured quickly, and it flows and spreads effortlessly to deliver an exceptional result.

“This means the process is much quicker – but it’s not just time and money that can be saved. This form of installation reduces noise and eliminates vibration, so conditions on site are vastly improved too,” said Dave.

He said thanks to the easier installation process, large pour sizes were achievable with reduced labour and plant requirements, which in turn reduces health and safety hazards.

“And because no vibration is needed as the concrete is self-compacting, it also eliminates the risk of vibration white finger for your employees too.”

Dave said the concrete could be used in any kind of construction and was ideal for jobs with difficult access or where longer pumping distances were involved.

“We’ve made sure that it incorporates BBA-approved fibres in order to meet the new NHBC regulations, so it really is using the very latest technology. We’re looking forward to working with customers far and wide as there is practically no limit to the kind of projects where the self-compacting concrete could be used – it’s sure to be popular in a whole range of situations.”

The concept of self-compacting concrete originally came from Japan after the country’s construction industry experienced a decline in the availability of skilled workers, and research has been carried out all over the world in a bid to develop the very best products.

As well as self-compacting concrete, the TG Concrete team has developed a varied catalogue of products including polished concrete, coloured concrete, AgriCrete specifically for agricultural clients, and TG Cemfloor – a quick-dry liquid self-levelling screed for floors.

New faces at Welshpool builders’ merchants

An award-winning manager and his trusted yard man have joined the team at a Welshpool builders’ merchants.

Matt Peate is the new manager at Tudor Griffiths Builders’ Merchants on the Severn Farm Industrial Estate, and he has been joined by Brian Hatfield who is well-known in the local construction community.

Matt has worked in the builders’ merchants sector for 14 years with roles at several local companies in branches in Welshpool, Newtown and across north Wales.

He won the Branch of the Year award at his previous post in Newtown, and his aim now is to build on that success with TG Builders’ Merchants.

“I’m looking forward to my new adventure with the Tudor Griffiths Group, and I’m excited about the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead,” said Matt.

Brian, who lives in Welshpool, initially began his career as an HGV delivery driver before he moved into merchanting with a local company in the town.

He has progressed to become a highly-respected yard man and was also a member of the award-winning team that took the regional branch of the year title.

“It’s great to be part of the Tudor Griffiths team, and I’m very happy to be working at this friendly firm that has such a close-knit team.”

TG Builders’ Merchants in Welshpool is on a one-acre site and has a 3,000 sq ft self-selection showroom as well as dry store facilities. It offers a mixed range of products including building, agricultural, timber, drainage and roofing goods.

Pic: Brian Hatfield and Matt Peate at TG Builders’ Merchants in Welshpool

TG Builders’ Merchants back award-winning developer

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Staff from a family-owned Shropshire firm have helped a local construction company to win a building excellence award.

KY Developments scooped the best small new housing development award at this year’s LABC West Midlands Building Excellence Awards for the project on a former haulage yard in Myddlewood.

And owner Karen Young said the development was such a success thanks to the invaluable help and support she’d received from the TG Builders’ Merchants.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have won the award, and I can’t thank the Tudor Griffiths team enough for all their support during the work. This was my very first development, and despite having managed three self-builds over the last 20 years, this project was a much bigger and more daunting challenge.

“I also had to juggle managing the build alongside my part-time job and raising two teenage sons, but thankfully I’ve worked with my team of tradesmen for many years so that helped the situation.

“Their extremely high standards of workmanship impressed Shropshire Building Control so much that they urged me to nominate the development for the award.”

TG Builders’ Merchants general manager Mark Evans said: “We were very impressed with the development that Karen created, and we’re always keen to work with local developers and builders to help them bring their plans to life.

“We supplied a whole range of products throughout the course of the work, from the footing blocks and bricks, to windows and doors. And for Karen to have taken such a prestigious award is fantastic news, and an achievement of which she should be very proud.”

The development saw three four-bedroomed family homes built on a yard that was dominated by a huge corrugated metal unit, overgrown concrete, and diesel tanks.

Karen’s regional success means her company will now go forward to the national finals in London in November where she will be joined by other regional winners from all over the UK.
LABC – Local Authority Building Control – is a not for profit membership organisation that represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales.

Pic: Developer Karen Young with TG Builders’ Merchants general manager Mark Evans at the Myddlewood development


Top listing for Ellesmere sand

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Staff from a Shropshire quarry have received a top accreditation for the sand they produce – one of only a small number of similar recognitions in the UK.

The team at Wood Lane Quarry, in Ellesmere, which is owned by Tudor Griffiths Group, had their products assessed by the Energy Network Association, and their cable sand now meets the ENA Technical Specification 97-1.

Group Aggregates Manager, Huw Thomas, said: “We had been approached by several long-standing customers who needed ENA grade sand, and so we adapted our production techniques slightly and began a series of trials.

“After they were a success, we have now developed the product they need – it’s a cable sand that has to meet a certain thermal resistivity specification that allows heat to flow through the sand to keep the cables as cool as possible.

“As well as the loose sand, we can also supply it in a cement bound format, so we can tailor the product to each individual job. The ability to offer this sand is excellent news for our team, and we’re very proud to be one of only a handful of quarries in the UK who can supply such a high-spec product.”

The Wood Lane quarry is the largest sand and gravel quarry in north Shropshire, and it allows Tudor Griffiths Group to sustain supplies of aggregates to their concrete plants in Wales and the surrounding counties including Shropshire, Cheshire and Worcestershire.

“TG Aggregates division has played a key role in the UK construction industry for many years, and the quarry at Wood Lane was crucial in the post war redevelopment of Manchester and Liverpool,” said Huw.

“We’re very aware of our responsibility when it comes to preserving the local environment, and Wood Lane is managed under a progressive restoration programme to enhance the area and encourage biodiversity.

“Thanks to our sensitive and focused approach, we have been able to establish a nature reserve on part of the restored quarry, with more than 180 species of birds recorded since the reserve was first established almost 20 years ago.”

As well as the Ellesmere quarry, TG Aggregates operate the Cefn Grainog quarry between Porthmadog and Caernarfon, and a sea-dredged sand wharf at Port Penryhn in Bangor.

Pic:     Group Aggregates Manager Huw Thomas with the sand approved by the Energy Network Association

Are you sitting comfortably?

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Staff from a family-owned Shropshire firm are sitting pretty after creating a seat with a difference.

The team from TG Enviro – part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere – have converted an 8-yard skip into a unique seating area that is now on tour around trade and agricultural shows up and down the country.

Kevin Gardiner, TG Enviro Divisional Manager, said the new seat had created a great deal of interest, and had already made its debut at several local events.

“The design for the seat came from our Waste Manager – we had discussed how it would be a great way to promote our skip hire services, and so we came up with a plan of how to convert the skip and we’re delighted with the result.”

The skip seat will now be used at events to promote not just TG Enviro’s skip hire capabilities, but other Group services too, and to host visitors to the TG Group promotional stand at various shows. It has also been used at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry.

Its creation marks the start of another busy season for the skip hire team after a huge restructuring process as part of the launch of the company’s new-look TG Enviro service.

Mr Gardiner said following the changes, they had seen an unprecedented surge in demand for the company’s services. “The complete restructure of the TG Enviro side of the business gave us an excellent opportunity to review our services and procedures, and our approach to sustainable and renewable energy.

“The increase in demand for our skip hire services is excellent news and is as a direct result of our rejuvenated approach to this part of the business. Thanks to the rise in bookings, we have also purchased an extra skip hire vehicle in order to meet the demands of our existing and new customers, and the business is continuing to grow.”

TG Skip Hire is one of the region’s largest domestic and commercial skip hire services, and it runs from Tudor Griffiths Group’s Ellesmere and Tattenhall sites. There is a full range of skips for hire – from 4 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards – with the majority suitable for standard residential driveways, including some with drop doors for easy access.

Pic: Visitors to the Shrewsbury Kids Festival and the Field to Fork Festival at Harper Adams University try out the TG skip seat


Ice Age Experience at Wood Lane, Ellesmere

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Children from Criftins and Cockshutt primary schools were the first young people to try out an ‘arctic geology research station’ at TG’s Wood Lane nature reserve, near Ellesmere on Tuesday 13 March. An old bird hide on the reserve has been transformed into an eye-catching and thought-provoking room for school groups, with an Ice Age mural at the entrance.

Geology, rocks and fossils are compulsory parts of both the science and geography curriculum at Key Stage 2 and 3 but are a difficult subject to bring to life. In a county renowned for its array of geology, Wood Lane is the perfect place to study rocks. The gravel quarried on the site was deposited by glacial meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age and so contains examples of different rock types from all over the country.

Our Rock Stars session includes an encounter with some talking rocks, who tell the tale of their journeys across the country, a trailer tour of the working quarry and a classroom-based experiment to investigate the properties of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.  The new education space provides the perfect setting for the indoor parts of the session, with a large display showing the rock cycle, where the rocks came from and the best places to see geology in Shropshire.

The artwork, which includes a mammoth strolling across an icy landscape, was created by Helen Shackleton, an award-winning designer.  The project has been funded by Tudor Griffiths Environment Fund.

As well as schoolchildren, the information should be of interest to the casual visitor and access to the hide is by the same code as the other hides at Wood Lane (permits and the code can be obtained by contacting Di Smith, Tudor Griffiths Group, Wood Lane, Ellesmere, SY12 0HY (01691 626262).

For more information on all of the education sessions visit https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/ or contact Ellie or Bryony in the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Team 01743 284280.

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