Sustainability award for Caernarfon landmark

Councillor John Wynn Jones, Council Cabinet member for the environment with Huw Williams, Head of YGC and engineers Osian Richards and Hefin Wyn Jones.

Gwynedd Council’s Consultancy Service has scooped a national award for a project which has breathed new life into a picturesque area of one of county’s most historic towns.


Ymgynghoriaeth Gwynedd Consultancy (YGC) is the Council department responsible for major building and transport projects and was recently awarded the Sustainability Award at the Institute of Civil Engineers’ annual prize-giving.


The title was awarded for Caernarfon Harbour Promenade refurbishment scheme – a project carried out on behalf of the Harbour Trust to transform the old prom into a modern and vibrant public space, popular among locals and visitors alike and is now a suitable place to hold community events.


Councillor John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the environment, said: “I’m delighted with the work which has been carried out along Caernarfon prom and am equally pleased that the industry has recognised the project through this award.


“The prom is now a pleasant and safer place to take a stroll, to enjoy the views over the Menai straits and admire the old town walls. The resurfacing and repair work to the walls and the installation of lights has been carried out in a manner which is sympathetic to the surrounding area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as we all know because of the historic castle and walled town.


“People can now make their way easily from the Doc Fictoria area of Caernarfon to the Slate Quay and the Castle Square, bringing the community closer together and ensuring that businesses in both ends of the town benefit from the tourist trade.”


Huw Williams, Head of YGC added: “I would like to congratulate all the staff involved with this project for their hard work. As a department, we gained satisfaction from working in partnership with the local community and conservation groups to transform the town’s waterfront.


“We are all pleased with how we have been able to make the most of the area’s natural beauty, our industrial heritage and history on this particular project.”


The Institute of Civil Engineers is an international organisation spanning 150 countries, supporting engineers and technicians in their training and maintaining standards. The Cardiff award ceremony honoured achievements in the sector throughout Wales over the last 12 months.