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The Walters Way

Our History

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Since our inception 35 years ago, our family business, experience and knowledge have grown dramatically, but one thing has remained constant; The Walters Way.

  1. Putting People and Plant to Work
  2. Working Together with Respect
  3. Plan Right and Deliver First Time

The Walters Way combines our PRACTICALITY; our considered approach to all projects that ensures we plan correctly and deliver first time, our PRIDE; pride for our heritage, family and community that we’ve built and continue to build, our DEDICATION; how we go out of our way to exceed expectations, and our AUTHENTICITY; we’re genuine people with real lives and stories and we love what we do.

From humble beginnings, our founder Gweirydd, or Dai as he’s more commonly known, has quietly built up one of the largest independently owned civil engineering, plant and development companies in the UK. Operating by the principle of complimentary growth, whenever he saw an opportunity to enter new markets or acquire a business that fitted well with the groups’ activities, he did it.

Our early work muckshifting and operating opencast sites was founded on graft, hard work and a reputation for getting the job done. We’ve since become the largest earthworks contractor in the UK  and are proud to now work on some of the largest and most challenging earthworks and material handling projects in the UK.

Throughout our history, we have organically grown and diversified into a number of related sectors and are now one of the foremost authorities at delivering infrastructure, regeneration, renewable energy and plant related services.

We have also seen the benefits of staff loyalty, with many key members of our management team have been with us for over 20 years and most of our board directors have been appointed from the ranks. Recognising talent and hiring people with a wider skill set, then rewarding and enabling them, has become a hallmark of our success and growth.

You can still see evidence of our origins in the enormous plant fleet we now operate, which compliments all of our other operations. Moving seamlessly from Coal to Wind and Solar energy generation, (frequently utilising the same land) is evidence of our flexibility and changing focus. The complimentary business that have developed, all came about for sound business reasons and have all proved to be profitable enterprises in their own right.

We place compliance with health, safety, environmental and quality obligations at the heart of everything we do. We operate in several industries that each have their own legislation, regulations, standards and best practice. This diversity is a strength of our organisation and we are proud to be one of the first civil engineering, plant and development companies in the UK to implement a formal management system in 2001 that was accredited to OHSAS 18001:2007, BSEN ISO 14001:2015, and BS EN ISO 9001:2015. Our excellent health, safety, environmental and quality record has been sustained by the management systems that are accredited to approved standards by BM TRADA, a world leader in certification.

Our philosophy is one of continual improvement as we seek to ensure a safe working environment. Perhaps our greatest strength to deliver this is the fact that we self-deliver most or work using our own operatives and our long serving and established management team. This ensures that our own well trained and committed workforce who understand the Walters Way of working and more importantly how to behave in what we believe is the right way.

Our behavioural based safety culture, in which every person takes responsibility for their own actions compliments our investment in safety. We encourage and invest in innovation, especially where safety can be improved such as the use of machine control or remote survey technology. We are industry leaders in innovative technology such as our work in reducing the people / plant interface and the bespoke staff competency database that we use to record, monitor and review the development and capability of our staff.

We hold membership of or accreditations with:

  • ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management)
  • ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management)
  • BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health & Safety)
  • Achilles Building Confidence
  • Achilles UVDB
  • Achilles RISQS
  • British Safety Council
  • Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)
  • Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
  • Considerate Contractor (project specific)
  • Constructionline
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)
  • Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze
  • Minerals Products Qualification Council (Member)
  • National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)
  • Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS) Worksafe Consultant Membership (Designer)
  • Upper Tier Broker Dealer of Controlled Waste
  • Worksafe

As a framework contractor for Natural Resources Wales (the environmental regulator for Wales) Walters operate the highest standards of environmental compliance and sustainable thinking.

Walters are a key contributor to and are committed to achieving the future expectations detailed within ‘Highways England Raising the Bar 3’ standards for vehicles and plant and are continually trialling new systems and advancements in technology to improve our fleet. Much of our current fleet is less than 2 years old and we are continually purchasing new plant and trailing new safety systems in the pursuit of continuous improvement. An example of this is our green/red light system designed by one of our operators which indicates when it is safe/unsafe to approach an item of plant.

We are leading proponents of Ethical Employment and are proud to be affiliated with the ‘Transparency in Supply Chain Report’ initiatives to end Modern Slavery and supply chain labour abuses.

UK modern slavery act compliance and anti-slavery statement central registry

Anti-Slavery Policy Statement

Here at Walters, we recognise that our businesses and our developments across the country don’t exist in isolation. They can have a very real impact on the communities they adjoin, both in terms of local employment and sometimes the natural and built environment surrounding them. From the beginnings of the company, we’ve always supported and engaged with the people and local businesses that are our neighbours. From contributing to local sports teams and social events that form the very backbone of the area, to supporting a number of local and national Charities.

We champion engagement with education, encouraging young enquiring minds to seek knowledge with organised school visits to our civil engineering and renewable energy projects across the UK. We are also passionate about developing the next generation civil engineers, quantity surveyors, operators and plant fitters through our apprentice scheme that offers training and employment to young people from a variety of backgrounds. It’s just part of what we want to continue giving back.

We have an established history of working with local charities including the Lighthouse Club, Latch, Ty Hafan, The Amelia Trust Farm, Action Medical Research and more recently The Teenage Cancer Trust who are our partner charity for 2017/18. Teenage Cancer Trust undertake vital work supporting teenagers before, during and after their treatment for the condition with specialist care. Starting in May 2017, our target for the year is to raise £20,000 to support the funding of a specialist post that the charity provides at its unit in Cardiff. We also hope to encouraging, involve and support young cancer victims with site visits, plant demonstrations and work placement opportunities to help alleviate some of the stress and discomfort that the condition can cause. Our commitment to the charity continues our long history of beneficial works.

Ty Hafan, the children’s Hospice for end of life and palliative care in Wales has also been a recent and practical focus for our energies. We’ve developed, landscaped and begun construction of a “Wheelchair Racetrack” around and through the recently commissioned Memorial Garden, somewhere families and children of all abilities can now enjoy the outdoors at its best.

Our development arm at Pennant Walters have also done their bit, funding local events for educational Charity Greenpower Education Trust. The aims are laudable, to encourage young children (through education) to take an active interest in the built and natural environments, more especially encouraging them to consider a future in engineering, hopefully addressing a potential future demographic time-bomb…

Other local engagements have included donations to Rugby teams and sports facilities to benefit the whole community. Many, if not most of which go unreported, because we’re not doing it for the publicity, we’re investing in the communities where we exist, so that we have a future both with and because of them.

As one of the largest private employers in Wales, Walters are proud supporters and implementers of the sustainability promoting ‘Well-being of Future Generation Act’ and the community driven ‘Community Benefits: Delivering Maximum Value for the Welsh Pound’ guidance promoted by Welsh Government. We have a long and proud history of working with public sector bodies across the UK and will bring our expertise, passion and empathy to deliver schemes with and for the community, not in spite of it.

Gweirydd Walters - Chairman & Founder

Gweirydd Walters

Chairman & Founder

mail@walters-group.co.uk
Sarah Llewellyn - Group Director

Sarah Llewellyn

Group Director

Huw Richards - Managing Director of Plant Division

Huw Richards

Managing Director of Plant Division

Martyn Llewellyn - Group Director

Martyn Llewellyn

Group Director

Colin Chambers - Managing Director of Civil Engineering Division

Colin Chambers

Managing Director of Civil Engineering Division

Kevin Llewellyn - Director with responsibility for Civil Engineering Pre-Construction matters

Kevin Llewellyn

Director with responsibility for Civil Engineering Pre-Construction matters

Tim Whinney - Director with responsibility for Civil Engineering Technical matters

Tim Whinney

Director with responsibility for Civil Engineering Technical matters

Jim Webb - Contracts Director with responsibility for Demolition

Jim Webb

Contracts Director with responsibility for Demolition

Dale Hart - Managing Director - Pennant Walters (Renewables)

Dale Hart

Managing Director - Pennant Walters (Renewables)

Nigel Chilcot - General Manager, Gorrel

Nigel Chilcot

General Manager, Gorrel

Walters Timeline

  • 1965

    Following early career excursions as a labourer, greengrocer and even tree planter for the Forestry Commission, 20-year-old Gweirydd (more commonly Dai) Walters starts work as an apprentice fitter at the Wimpey operated Maesgwyn opencast coal mine

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  • 1965

    Following early career excursions as a labourer, greengrocer and even tree planter for the Forestry Commission, 20-year-old Gweirydd (more commonly Dai) Walters starts work as an apprentice fitter at the Wimpey operated Maesgwyn opencast coal mine

    At the time, private opencast (or strip coal mining) was at the forefront of a resurgent coal mining industry in South Wales. (Initially introduced in 1942 as an emergency means of sourcing coal cheaply and relatively quickly, opencast coal mining would expand its output rapidly, following continued advancements in earthmoving equipment, leading to ever greater production efficiencies.) Dai rapidly qualifies as a fitter, before working his way through the ranks to Ganger (section) Fitter, ending up as a Foreman Fitter for the site.

  • 1970

    Dai transfers across to the (Taylor Woodrow) Trecatti Opencast Coal mine near Merthyr Tydfil, becoming Plant Manager and Deputy Project Manager for the region, responsible for managing over 300 items of plant across 3 opencast coal sites in the South Wales Coalfield.

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  • 1970

    Dai transfers across to the (Taylor Woodrow) Trecatti Opencast Coal mine near Merthyr Tydfil, becoming Plant Manager and Deputy Project Manager for the region, responsible for managing over 300 items of plant across 3 opencast coal sites in the South Wales Coalfield.

  • 1982

    After almost 17 years of site and plant management experience, Dai takes the bold step of leaving Taylor Woodrow to invest in his first piece of plant…

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  • 1982

    After almost 17 years of site and plant management experience, Dai takes the bold step of leaving Taylor Woodrow to invest in his first piece of plant…

    a Caterpillar 950 working for British Coal at the Onllwyn Washery and a Caterpillar D4 working on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate constructing an extension to the GEC Hitachi factory.

  • 1985

    Following the rapid success of the hire and contract earth-moving business, G Walters (Civil Engineering) Limited was established to augment plant hire…

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  • 1985

    Following the rapid success of the hire and contract earth-moving business, G Walters (Civil Engineering) Limited was established to augment plant hire…

    adding earthmoving and civil engineering services to the portfolio. By now the plant fleet stands at 35 heavy earthmoving units.

  • 1986

    Awarded our first major earthworks contract by Mid Glamorgan Civil Engineering – highways improvements in Mountain Ash.

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  • 1986

    Awarded our first major earthworks contract by Mid Glamorgan Civil Engineering – highways improvements in Mountain Ash.

    During this period, Walters acquires heavy plant from companies such as Lafarge, (an O&K 120) and 2 Lima 2400 Drag lines from Shepherd Hill. These items were worked, then sold overseas. A fleet of Caterpillar 637’s scrapers was purchased from a site in Spain to strengthen the core business.

  • 1988

    Walters commence work on the first of our own opencast coal mining operations in Blaenavon, extracting over 200,000 tonnes of coal…

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  • 1988

    Walters commence work on the first of our own opencast coal mining operations in Blaenavon, extracting over 200,000 tonnes of coal…

    and further 2 sites in Aberdare extracting 300,000 tonnes of coal.

  • 1990

    Walters start work for Cory’s in Essex on the construction of a road and waste cell with a fleet of around 20 machines, our first major contract in South East England.

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  • 1990

    Walters start work for Cory’s in Essex on the construction of a road and waste cell with a fleet of around 20 machines, our first major contract in South East England.

    Walters enjoy a good long-term relationship with Cory at the site, even following the attempts of the locally infamous ‘Barling Bomber’ to prevent further work at the site in April 1994, setting fire to four of our bulldozers, six articulated dump trucks and two excavators in the dead of night.

     

  • 1992

    Our mining operations go from strength to strength, while the big mining contractors begin extricating themselves from the business to focus on their core construction and housebuilding sectors (during the recession of the early 1990’s) leaving a gap in the market – that we filled.

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  • 1992

    Our mining operations go from strength to strength, while the big mining contractors begin extricating themselves from the business to focus on their core construction and housebuilding sectors (during the recession of the early 1990’s) leaving a gap in the market – that we filled.

    Walters also acquire the former Maesygwyn Opencast coal site from British Coal. The fleet strength is highlighted with the purchase of the first Caterpillar 992C and two Caterpillar 775s for work with Wimpey Hobbs at Cornelly Quarry on a load and haul to crusher contract, extracting 1.5 million cubic metres per year (we are still on site 25 years later).

  • 1993

    In the face of a drawn out recession, Walters experiences continued growth across civil engineering, mining, plant hire and earthmoving sectors.

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  • 1993

    In the face of a drawn out recession, Walters experiences continued growth across civil engineering, mining, plant hire and earthmoving sectors.

    There are many ventures undertaken around this time, some of which are successful – and others not so. The company welcomes Huw Richards (formerly of Wimpey Mining) and David Thursfield, (formerly of Mid Glamorgan County Council and A. Monk Civil Engineering) to the mining and civil engineering divisions respectively

  • 1993

    Walters are awarded the earthworks contract for the construction of the iconic, 6km long M4 “Second Severn Crossing” approach roads by the Welsh Office.

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  • 1993

    Walters are awarded the earthworks contract for the construction of the iconic, 6km long M4 “Second Severn Crossing” approach roads by the Welsh Office.

    The works involved 2.5 million m³ of earthworks and the complete realignment of the existing M4, including implementing complex traffic management arrangements.

  • 1994

    Work begins on the £8.7 million Bargoed and Britannia Colliery Reclamation Schemes for Caerphilly County Borough Council.

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  • 1994

    Work begins on the £8.7 million Bargoed and Britannia Colliery Reclamation Schemes for Caerphilly County Borough Council.

    This included the permanent diversion of 2km of the Rhymney River, to enable the safe restoration and decontamination of a 70Ha former colliery site, subsequently reshaped into open public space and parkland.

  • 1995

    Following the success of the Bargoed project, Walters are awarded four further contracts by CCBC (worth £9.3 million) to transform the former Oakdale colliery into a development site for new industry.

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  • 1995

    Following the success of the Bargoed project, Walters are awarded four further contracts by CCBC (worth £9.3 million) to transform the former Oakdale colliery into a development site for new industry.

    Works include 4.4 million m³ of bulk earthworks, 5km of new highway and dealing with the significant redundant mine workings through stabilisation, grouting and capping techniques.

  • 1996

    Walters grows internationally with the purchase of a land holding in Dalyellup near Bunbury in Western Australia with the potential for a mixed used development.

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  • 1996

    Walters grows internationally with the purchase of a land holding in Dalyellup near Bunbury in Western Australia with the potential for a mixed used development.

    The long term development investment across 23Ha comprises 279 residential units, 2.3Ha of Public Open Space, local highway and infrastructure improvements and the provision for a riding school for the local disabled association.

  • 1997

    Expanding and rounding out group capabilities, Walters Group acquire specialist demolition contractor (and National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) member) T.C. Rogers (Salvage) Limited.

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  • 1997

    Expanding and rounding out group capabilities, Walters Group acquire specialist demolition contractor (and National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) member) T.C. Rogers (Salvage) Limited.

    Demolition contracts soon follow, including the £2.4 million Bryngwyn Steel Works in Gorseinon for Persimmon Homes.

  • 1998

    With group turnover now exceeding £33 million, to facilitate continued growth Walters construct a new head office (adjacent to their existing facility at Hirwaun Industrial Estate).

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  • 1998

    With group turnover now exceeding £33 million, to facilitate continued growth Walters construct a new head office (adjacent to their existing facility at Hirwaun Industrial Estate).

    The office is designed and constructed entirely in-house, enabling future expansion that has sufficed for almost 20 years.

  • 1999

    Our status as a premier Civil Engineering partner is cemented by the award of £14.6 million contract, preparing the ground for the construction of the LG electronics and semiconductor plants in Newport.

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  • 1999

    Our status as a premier Civil Engineering partner is cemented by the award of £14.6 million contract, preparing the ground for the construction of the LG electronics and semiconductor plants in Newport.

    Works included over 14,000m² of road construction and 20km of drainage.

  • 2000

    Plant hire expands to the West Indies with two new Caterpillar D9s sent to Jamaica to work in a Bauxite Mine project for Alfred McAlpine.

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  • 2000

    Plant hire expands to the West Indies with two new Caterpillar D9s sent to Jamaica to work in a Bauxite Mine project for Alfred McAlpine.

  • 2001

    Walters win their first major earthworks project outside of Wales, with the award of a £16 million contract to deliver bulk earthworks for the A43 Towcester to M40 Dualling scheme for the Highways Agency (a Costain/Skanska Joint Venture).

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  • 2001

    Walters win their first major earthworks project outside of Wales, with the award of a £16 million contract to deliver bulk earthworks for the A43 Towcester to M40 Dualling scheme for the Highways Agency (a Costain/Skanska Joint Venture).

    Our work in accelerating the earthworks (to claw back time lost during to the foot and mouth outbreak that year) helped forged our reputation for delivering high volume schemes. This project also saw our use of GPS machine control technology for the first time. The project was the first example of major highway project led under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract. Through it we supplied extensive, pre-contract design input, significantly improving both the initial buildability and ultimate outcome of the scheme.

  • 2001

    The first World Rally Championship event is held at the ‘Walters Arena’, constructed on part of the restored Maesygwyn opencast site.

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  • 2001

    The first World Rally Championship event is held at the ‘Walters Arena’, constructed on part of the restored Maesygwyn opencast site.

    The event was so successful that the arena would go on to hold the Welsh stages of the Rally GB for years to come. Subsequently it’s established itself as both a competition venue for motorsport in many forms and the proving ground of choice for numerous off-road car manufactures and rally testing teams.

  • 2002

    Walters branch out into their own development schemes with the acquisition of 60 acres of brownfield land in Caerphilly.

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  • 2002

    Walters branch out into their own development schemes with the acquisition of 60 acres of brownfield land in Caerphilly.

    The former landfill site required extensive remediation, ground improvement and gas protection measures prior to regeneration into the Castlegate mixed-use development scheme. Group turnover tops £50 million and Martyn Llewellyn joins the company as Group Finance Director from PWC, having previously enjoyed a successful, semi-professional career as a winger for Newport RFC.

  • 2003

    The site of the former Trimsaran Opencast Coal site in Carmarthenshire, (previously the site of the deepest opencast coal mine in Europe) is purchased…

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  • 2003

    The site of the former Trimsaran Opencast Coal site in Carmarthenshire, (previously the site of the deepest opencast coal mine in Europe) is purchased…

    with the ground-breaking idea of constructing the first new National Hunt racecourse in the United Kingdom for over 80 years. Ffos Las, (as it would become known) was conceived, designed and constructed within 6 years at a cost of £25 million. The newly established facility holds 18 race days per year including the Welsh Champion Hurdle.

  • 2004

    Continuing to develop as a provider of bulk earthworks for major infrastructure schemes, the company is awarded the £4 million, A34/M4 Junction 13 Improvement scheme for Costain and The Highways Agency.

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  • 2004

    Continuing to develop as a provider of bulk earthworks for major infrastructure schemes, the company is awarded the £4 million, A34/M4 Junction 13 Improvement scheme for Costain and The Highways Agency.

    A steady stream of major infrastructure earthworks continues over the next few years, (including several notable road construction schemes) at a time when such projects were few and far between:

    • The £7.3m Porth Relief Road for Costain and Rhonnda Cynon Taf in 2005,
    • The £10m A2/M25 Dartford Improvement project for Costain in 2007
    • The £8m Weymouth Relief Road for Skanska and Dorset County Council in 2008
  • 2005

    Pennant Walters is formed, with the aim of utilising both the groups’ large land bank and civil engineering expertise to develop renewable energy projects.

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  • 2005

    Pennant Walters is formed, with the aim of utilising both the groups’ large land bank and civil engineering expertise to develop renewable energy projects.

    The formation is in response to the publication of ‘Technical Advice Note (TAN) 8: renewable energy’ by Welsh Assembly Government and the desire to diversify into different markets to broaden the groups’ revenue streams. Within 3 5 years, planning was consented for the construction of a 26Mwe wind farm on the site of the now restored Maesygwyn open cast site. Pennant Walters now have, to date, over 270MW of Wind, Solar, Hydro and Standby Generation developments across Wales and the South West. Walters Heavy Haulage also handled the transportation of the 13 massive wind turbine towers and blades to this site and subsequent renewable energy developments..

  • 2007

    After 15 years with Walters, David Thursfield retires from the Civil Engineering business to focus on developing Ffos Las into a world class facility.

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  • 2007

    After 15 years with Walters, David Thursfield retires from the Civil Engineering business to focus on developing Ffos Las into a world class facility.

    Four new directors are appointed from within the company to take the Civil Engineering division forward:

    • Nick Richards as Managing Director;
    • Colin Chambers as Major Projects Director;
    • Kevin Llewellyn as Estimating Director; and
    • Tim Whinney as Technical Director.

    The leadership and direction displayed by these four directors, steering the business through the recession that subsequently followed, more than justified the decision to invest in (and support) this professional and knowledgeable team of Civil Engineers.

  • 2009

    Land Rover franchise JV Likes and Sons (based in Hay-on-Wye) is acquired by the group, after nearly going into administration under its previous ownership.

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  • 2009

    Land Rover franchise JV Likes and Sons (based in Hay-on-Wye) is acquired by the group, after nearly going into administration under its previous ownership.

    Having been a customer of Likes for many years, the incorporation of the franchise into the group continued a long-standing tradition of bringing services critical to the ongoing function of the group in-house. As a result of the ongoing financial and management support provided, Likes has gone from strength to strength, doubling its turnover within four years.

  • 2009

    In 2009 Walters also opened its flagship racecourse at Ffos Las. Once an opencast mining site, we transformed it into the UK’s first purpose-built horse-racing venue since 1927.

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  • 2009

    In 2009 Walters also opened its flagship racecourse at Ffos Las. Once an opencast mining site, we transformed it into the UK’s first purpose-built horse-racing venue since 1927.

    The Grand Opening event that year (August) saw racing legend Sir Peter O’Sullivan cut the ribbon in front of 15,000 cheering racegoers. A full calendar of races now fills the diary annually, including the Welsh Champion Hurdle, Ladies Day and a host of other exciting days out. It’s been praised by racegoers, jockeys, trainers, owners and race organisers and even won awards for Racing Quality.

  • 2010

    Works commence on the long awaited Church Village Bypass for Costain and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, following a 3 year ECI period during which Walters brought a number of value engineering solutions to the project.

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  • 2010

    Works commence on the long awaited Church Village Bypass for Costain and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, following a 3 year ECI period during which Walters brought a number of value engineering solutions to the project.

    The £11.5 million project preceded several notable, major highway earthwork projects in the following few years including:

    • The £3 million A40 Penblewin to Slebech Park Improvement Scheme for Costain / Welsh Government in 2011.
    • The £18.5 million, M1 Junctions 10 to 13 Improvement Scheme for Costain / Carillion / Highways Agency in 2012.
    • The £4.1 million Port Talbot Peripheral Distributor Road for Costain and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in 2013.
    • The £17.1 million A465 Heads of the Valley Dualling Section 3 for Carillion / Welsh Government in 2013.
  • 2011

    Group turnover rises close to the £70 million mark for the first time following the acquisition of Görrel Equipment from Hydrex.

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  • 2011

    Group turnover rises close to the £70 million mark for the first time following the acquisition of Görrel Equipment from Hydrex.

    Görrel specialise in long-term, self-drive rental contracts in the waste, recycling and utilities sectors and brought an additional 200 items of plant into the already 300 strong fleet of heavy plant, worth a combined £75 million.

  • 2012

    Walters acquire their next major regeneration development project, the 100 acre former Novelis aluminium works in Newport.

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  • 2012

    Walters acquire their next major regeneration development project, the 100 acre former Novelis aluminium works in Newport.

    Over the next 5 years, the site is transformed into a 1,000 home residential development including shops, a hotel, restaurant, new primary school, linear park and major flood-defence scheme.

  • 2014

    The major infrastructure earthworks division starts to gain UK market dominance, enhanced by our growing reputation of being a flexible, knowledgeable and collaborative contractor who can be relied upon to deliver.

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  • 2014

    The major infrastructure earthworks division starts to gain UK market dominance, enhanced by our growing reputation of being a flexible, knowledgeable and collaborative contractor who can be relied upon to deliver.

    Supported by the groups fleet of nearly 600 items of heavy plant, now operating on sites across the UK with an annual throughput of some 30 million m³ in earthworks, Walters have by now evolved into the bulk earthworks contractor of choice in the UK. This is evidenced by the award of 7 major infrastructure earthwork projects from 2014 to 2016, all initially undertaken on an ECI basis:

    • The £12.5 million Heysham to M6 Link Road for Costain Ltd / Lancashire County Council in 2014.
    • The £9.8 million M6 / M1 Junction 19 Improvement scheme for Skanska / Highways England in 2015.
    • The £7.3 million, A5 to M1 link (Dunstable Northern By-pass for Costain / Carillion / Highways England in 2015
    • The £5 million A160 / A180 Port of Immingham improvement project for Costain / Highways England in 2015.
    • The £20 million A465 Heads of the Valley Dualling – Section 2 for Costain / Welsh Government in 2016.
    • The £15 million A556 Knutsford to Bowden improvement scheme for Costain / Highways England in 2016
    • The £100 million A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Project for Highways England and the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (Balfour Beatty, Costain, Skanska and Carillion)
  • 2015

    Work commences on the extension to the iconic Bardon Hill Quarry in Leicestershire, with the aim of prolonging the existing facilities working lifespan by 40 years.

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  • 2015

    Work commences on the extension to the iconic Bardon Hill Quarry in Leicestershire, with the aim of prolonging the existing facilities working lifespan by 40 years.

    When combined with the existing operation, Walters will be delivering nearly 4.5 million m³ of earthworks per year at this site for the foreseeable future. Stone and aggregate surface mining operations now account for a total of 10 million m³ of earthmoving per year, with Walters now operating major quarrying facilities for Tarmac, Hansons and Aggregate Industries across the UK. Turnover surpasses £100 million for the first time and staff levels reach over 500 across group activities.

  • 2016

    Walters acquire a new 11 acre site in Avonmouth to support its continued major projects in the UK.

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  • 2016

    Walters acquire a new 11 acre site in Avonmouth to support its continued major projects in the UK.

    The site serves to consolidate our civil engineering, demolition and remediation services base in the South West as the construction industry continues to grow. Plans for the site include a new office, maintenance facility, a standby gas generation power plant and open storage.

  • 2017

    Group turnover surpasses £120m for the first time and Nick Richards, Managing Director of the Civil Engineering, takes the decision to step aside after 10 years in the role.

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  • 2017

    Group turnover surpasses £120m for the first time and Nick Richards, Managing Director of the Civil Engineering, takes the decision to step aside after 10 years in the role.

    As the major earthworks division continues to emerge as the flagship of the company, its Director, Colin Chambers is appointed as the new Managing Director. Four new directors are appointed from within the company (following now established practice), to support the other directors Colin, Kevin and Tim:

    • Gavin Lockyer as Operations Director;
    • Nick Rolfe as Contracts Director;
    • Jim Webb as Contracts Director; and
    • John Griffiths as Commercial Director.

    Partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust announced, along with charitable works for the Ty Hafan Childrens Hospice and funding for the Greenspace Charity Education Trust. Giving back to the community in Wales.

    The group website is refreshed and rebranded to reflect the values, ethos, size and extent of the ever growing range of services on offer.