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Cardiff supply chain event gets thumbs-up from local construction firms

An event helping local construction firms find out about work opportunities on a flagship Cardiff housing development attracted around 140 subcontractors to the Cardiff City Stadium.

The session for local subcontractors was held by city housing developer Lovell in the run-up to the start of the seven-year construction programme for The Mill – an 800-home urban village set to take shape in Canton.

Construction work will begin later this year on the scheme which is being delivered by a partnership of Lovell, the Tirion Group and Cadwyn Housing Association. The new urban village – one of Wales’s largest regeneration programmes – will transform the former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, to the west of the city centre with 800 homes for purchase and rent.

“It was very pleasing to see our supply chain event so well attended,” says Lovell regional director Kate Rees. “We had an excellent response both from our current supply chain partners as well as potential subcontractors we’re yet to work with. The focus was very much on The Mill, an important scheme which will create significant long-term opportunities for local construction firms, but we are also looking for partners to collaborate with us on other projects in the region.”

Those attending included Mark Lane, director at Cardiff-based AGM Brickwork and Stonework. He comments: “The event was really impressive. The Lovell team engaged with all the subcontractors, made them feel welcome and answered people’s questions with concise and relevant information -which is just what you want as a subcontractor. It was highly professional.”

Paul Stroud, contracts manager for Swansea-based Amroc Heating Services, says: “It was obvious from the supply chain event that Lovell values its subcontractor partners and wants them to feel they are an important part of its team. It was great to be able to meet so many of the Lovell team working on the project and talk to them face to face.”

As part of its commitment to investing in local communities, Lovell is also set to deliver considerable training opportunities, including apprenticeships, through the construction programme at The Mill with plans for a National Skills Academy programme which will offer apprenticeships and training placements for local people.