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Civil engineering company, Walters, have been announced as the principal contractor for the development of the £10m Brocastle Highway and Infrastructure works, near Bridgend

The economy minister, Ken Skates, confirmed that the Welsh Government had awarded the Brocastle Highway contract for the construction of key roads and services on the 116-acre strategic site to Walters.

Work to prepare the site in Bridgend for employment space covering more than 70,000 sq m began in May and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020. The construction work to prepare the site is being funded by £10m from Welsh Government including £6m of EU funding.

The Brocastle Highway site is allocated for development under Policy SP9 of the Bridgend Local Development Plan as a strategic employment site. The proposal includes business park development including offices, general industrial units and storage/distribution units and is estimated to provide employment opportunities for up to 3,000 people.

Economy minister Ken Skates, said: “This is one of several significant employment sites which the Welsh Government will be bringing forward to enable the development of modern business space, which is so badly needed to create jobs and support our economy.

“One of the challenges we face in providing good-quality jobs is ensuring the right business space is available at the right location. Sites like this in Brocastle, which is ready for development and well-connected to local infrastructure, are essential in meeting our ambitions.

“I am pleased we’ve now appointed contractors for the Brocastle site. They will undertake the vital work to provide the infrastructure and services necessary for the development of the site, providing valuable jobs in the construction phase and helping to make the site an attractive proposition for businesses.”

Nick Rolfe, contracts director at Walters, added: “We are delighted that we have been appointed for this vital strategic project and are excited to be able to commence work in early May.

“Using the Welsh Government Community Benefit Measurement Tool we aim to deliver a partnering approach with Welsh Government, the local community and our supply chain to create a long-term legacy of employment, opportunity, physical benefits and environmental excellence.”

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