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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.

Customers welcome new displays

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Customers at a Northwich builders’ merchants will now be spoilt for choice thanks to the launch of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

The TG Dreams Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom has been unveiled at TG Builders’ Merchants, in Manchester Road, and will employ three full-time staff.

Showroom Manager Ben Jones said customers could now explore 12 full-sized kitchen and bathroom displays inside the existing builders’ merchants branch.

“This development follows hot on the heels of a brand-new kitchen and bathroom showroom at our Oswestry branch, and we’ve taken a similar approach to give customers the opportunity to see some of our products and accessories in a relaxed and realistic setting.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine what a range would look like in the home environment, so by creating 12 full-sized displays, it’s much easier for customers to picture our styles in their own home.

“It’s creating a real buzz with our customers because in a more typical kitchen and bathroom showroom, you only see smaller parts of a display – but we wanted to give our customers an experience that sets us apart from other suppliers, and it’s proving to be a great success.”

The kitchen displays offer all kinds of design styles including Timeless, Shaker, modern, inline, handleless, and gloss, as well as over 20 door options, and all types of worktop finishes such as granite, quartz, mirostone, solid wood, pvc edged laminate, and bull nose laminate.

There are Neff, Bosch, Belling, Rangemaster, Teka and Prima, and Franke appliances available, and tile ranges for both kitchens and bathrooms, as well as bathroom accessories and underfloor heating products.

“We’ve also introduced a new free service using the latest computer aided design software to help customers design their dream kitchen, which helps them to explore the opportunities before deciding on a purchase,” said Ben. “We’re very proud of our new showroom, and we’re continually expanding the range of products on offer to give our customers the greatest possible range of choice.”

Pic: In the new kitchens and bathrooms showroom at TG Builders’ Merchants in Northwich are Showroom Manager Ben Jones (left), customer Lucy Gittins, and Chris Prater (Kitchen and Bathroom Adviser)

Family firm branches out

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A Shropshire company is certainly keeping it in the family when it comes to protecting the environment for future generations.

Tudor Griffiths Group is based in Ellesmere, and the company has committed to a programme of sustainable forestry management on land owned by the Griffiths family in the local area.

Managing Director, Tudor Griffiths, said: “The first step in our programme was to plant 2000 Douglas Fir trees in three acres on the Aston Estate, just outside Oswestry, and at another site in English Frankton. And to ensure the land is managed successfully for generations to come, we enlisted the help of my two sons Oliver and Harry, who will play a key role in the sustainable approach over the coming years.”

Tudor Griffiths Group is one of the UK’s leading independent businesses supplying construction materials and building supplies, ready mixed concrete, skip hire, waste management and recycling.

“My family have owned and managed the company for more than 140 years, and we now employ more than 250 people, so our commitment to the local area is clear for all to see,” said Mr Griffiths. “By implementing a structured and sustainable forestry management plan, we hope to balance out our environmental footprint still further, and cultivate the trees to incorporate them into our TG Enviro processes at our Wood Lane site in Ellesmere.”

TG Enviro offers a fully-integrated waste management service to all commercial, construction, agricultural and retail businesses, and domestic customers. The service is made up of TG Renewable Energy, TG Skip Hire, and TG Recycling, and the three arms of the division work closely together to achieve their aim of minimising any waste going to landfill.

“We have a comprehensive environmental policy in place, and our renewable energy strategies are also delivering real results. The timber produced through our forestry management scheme will also allow us to offer a new service to chip wood waste and dry it in a bespoke building on site, before converting it into fuel for biomass boilers.”

Pic: Planting the Tudor Griffiths Group trees are, from left, Maccrea Evans, Garry Lloyd, Oliver Griffiths, Kevin Jones, and Harry Griffiths

Shining success for concrete experts

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Concrete experts at a Shropshire firm have taken a real shine to their latest project as they continue to push the boundaries when it comes to exploring new processes.

The team at TG Concrete – which is part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – have joined forces with Concrete Polishing, from Oswestry, to deliver a new service and their partnership approach is proving extremely popular.

TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said: “We’re always looking for innovative and creative ways to use our products, and we’re delighted to be working with Martin Clark and his team to offer something very special to our customers.

“The new joint working arrangement means we can offer clients a range of polished coloured concrete floors that have a real wow factor about them thanks to their mirrored finish, and they are also completely practical and easy to maintain.

“We can carry out the process in residential, commercial or industrial settings, and there’s a great deal of interest already from customers in the local area.”

Martin said: “The process can transform a new floor as we mechanically refine the set concrete surface through grinding, polishing and chemical treatments.

“It’s a smart solution that helps 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.

“Working with the team at TG Concrete is a great arrangement for both companies, and we’re sure our customers will find such a close working relationship will bring dividends when it comes to ensuring a smooth and effortless installation.”

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

Tudor Griffiths Group has 12 concrete plants covering the whole of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales, specialising in high-quality concrete products for a wide range of purposes.

Renewable energy is the way forward

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Environmental experts at a Shropshire company have unveiled a brand-new addition to the business following an investment of £4.5 million.

Tudor Griffiths Group, in Wood Lane, Ellesmere, has now launched TG Renewable Energy – a facility which will complement its existing service, as part of their TG Enviro Division.

And to deliver the new service, the company has opened a new 3,000 sq m on-site Biomass plant and drying warehouse which houses seven one-megawatt boilers.

Managing Director Tudor Griffiths said: “Renewable and sustainable energy is a key objective for the TG Group and we are delighted to see the new plant up and running.

“It will play a key role in the Renewable Energy section of our TG Enviro Division, which also includes skip hire and waste management recycling.

“We are committed to producing the highest quality premium chip and Grade A shred for the Biomass boiler market and the new plant will help us to offer the very best products to our customers.

“Thanks to the size of the new facility, we can also offer a drying service at the site for timber, dry feed grains, pulses and contract woodchip drying.”

The boilers are fuelled by shredded Grade A timber, which has been recovered for recycling, and they heat the seven perforated floors to dry the products, to be supplied to the residential and commercial markets.

“We’re constantly developing the services we offer to our customers, and the new Biomass plant will be a welcome addition to our head office site,” said Mr Griffiths.

 

Quick-dry screed is a first

CK amended 2Cemfloor Image 1Cemfloor Image 2Concrete experts at a Shropshire family-owned business have unveiled a brand new quick-dry product that will speed up the installation process.

The team at TG Concrete – which is part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – have launched TG Cemfloor – a liquid self-levelling screed for floors.

TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said the new product had been created as a direct result of customer demand for a more effective and faster solution for underfloor heating projects.

“We have carried out months of trials to ensure TG Cemfloor is the right solution for our customers, and we believe it will transform the installation process.

“There has already been a great deal of interest in it, and we’re looking forward to demonstrating just how much easier it will be to use than many existing commercial products on the market.”

Mr Morris said TG Cemfloor was a tough, durable, self-smoothing industrial floor topping which was specially designed for warehouses and all industrial floors.

“The difference though is that its quick drying properties mean it’s dry enough for foot traffic after 24 hours, and heavy traffic after four days. This means a quicker installation (up to 2000 sq m per day), and reduced build times as floor coverings can be applied faster.”

TG Cemfloor meets all the required industry standards and has been rigorously tested to ensure consistent results from job to job.

“This is another first for TG Concrete and demonstrates how committed we are to constantly driving the industry forward and seeking out new and innovative products that meet our customers’ very particular needs.”

TG Cemfloor is the latest in a wide and varied catalogue of products the team has developed including coloured concrete, and AgriCrete specifically for agricultural clients.

Tudor Griffiths Group has 12 concrete plants covering the whole of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales. They specialise in high-quality concrete products including concrete that can be pumped or poured, concrete that will flow, concrete that is ultra high strength, or products that set rapidly or slowly.

Pic: TG Concrete’s Area Sales Manager Chris Kilvert surveys the latest TG Cemfloor project

Fund raising success for TG Group

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Staff from a family-owned Shropshire firm are celebrating after being named top fund raisers at this year’s World Coracle Championships.

Two teams from Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, raised just under £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and received The Richard Bayliss Cup from the championship organisers.

Managing Director Tudor Griffiths, who led the two intrepid quartets, said they had really enjoyed the event and had already signed up to take part next year.

“It was a really fun day, and at the same time, it gave everyone the chance to raise plenty of money for such a deserving cause. To have received the trophy as the top fund raisers was a real honour for all of us here at Tudor Griffiths Group. We entered a team two years ago and the feedback was terrific, so the event is fast becoming a firm favourite with our staff – it’s a good team bonding event and it’s very competitive!

“We do our best and 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.”

The World Coracle Championships, which was sponsored this year by JT Hughes, has been running for ten years and takes place on the River Severn in the Quarry area of Shrewsbury.

Race committee secretary, Camilla Hughes, said: “It’s a unique event and it was the brain-child of Richard Bayliss. In 2008, he persuaded a collection of Shrewsbury companies to paddle these unstable coracles across the River Severn for charity, and so the Championships was born.

“The intention has always been to have a fun day out of the office and raise lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support along the way. With this year’s total exceeding £31,500, this event has raised over £230,000 for Macmillan over the past ten years.

“Sadly, Richard himself died of cancer in 2015. We vowed to carry on the Championships in support of Macmillan and provide support and the best care possible for cancer sufferers and their families in Shropshire. In memory of Richard, we present the Richard Bayliss Cup to the team who raise the most sponsorship for the event.”

Teams have already started to sign up for the 2018 World Coracle Championships via the website at www.coracleworldchampionship.co.uk and organisers are on the lookout for a headline sponsor.

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