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Over £500,000 of work won by Cornish construction firms

WBM Groundworks of Liskeard and Sticker-based firm Hewaswater have recently won the tenders to work on the £5.6m office development at Victoria Commercial Centre.

Despite nationwide competition the two local firms proved they could compete on a national level to win the two tenders which are worth over £500,000 to the local economy.

WBM Groundworks have been awarded the groundworks and road construction contract whilst the contract for steel framework design, manufacture and installation has been awarded to Sticker-based firm Hewaswater.

Graham Honey of Victoria Commercial Centre said: ‘Selecting local contractors would always be my preference but we have to tender all aspects of the project widely so we deliver the best possible value and quality.  That’s why it is so satisfying to see that even though we have undertaken a rigorous selection process we are still finding local firms like Hewaswater and WBM are being competitive and winning the work. This means Convergence money stays in Cornwall – doubly great news.’

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The investment will also provide access and servicing of an additional 10 acres of industrial land that will make available much needed opportunities for local businesses to expand in future phases.

 Martin Nicholls Director of WBM Groundworks said: ‘We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious project. We prided ourselves on employing highly trained and competent local staff and by winning this project we have been able to continue to invest in them.  Keeping the Convergence funding money circulating within Cornwall is not only good news for WBM but also our supply chain as the majority of the plant, materials and consumables we will use for delivering this project will have been locally sourced.  Therefore the funding money is cascaded down through a whole range of Cornish businesses some of whom will not even be directly involved in the construction industry.’

Another local firm, Bodmin based Ease, is project managing the site. Work began earlier on the year and is due for completion in Autumn 2013 when two new BREEAM ‘Excellent’ workspace buildings are completed.

Dafydd Hollyman Director of Ease said: ‘Ease are delighted to be contributing towards an excellent project that will provide new office facilities for Businesses in Cornwall. It was a fantastic opportunity for Ease to offer our Construction Management Service as we continue to grow here in the South West.’