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MWA Supports Smurfit Kappa With Multi-Million Pound Development

Martin Walsh Architectural (MWA), has completed the first phase of a £2.5m development in North Wales, which will become the largest UK’s box factory, for Smurfit Kappa.

Assigned preferred Project Manager, MWA was responsible for all enabling works that would allow for the factory extension to be built. This included improvements and significant landscaping of a three-acre nature trail to be used by staff and residents.

Creating a space that would be reflective of the completed development, the landscaping needed to be attractive, welcoming, accessible and sustainable.

The brief included the forming of a public footpath, delivering and improving a stream crossing the site, landscaping and planting, a pond, a footbridge across the diverted stream and seating areas for visitors to use.

 

Building on the sustainability and environmental impact of the project, all clean material salvaged through forming the building platform was recycled by transportation to a park seven miles to the South in the village of Hope.

Furthermore, once the site was cleared and the improvements complete, working in partnership with local heritage and conservation project, Park in the Past, 10,000 trees, shrubs and bushes were planted to complete the works.

Gerald Sharp from Martin Walsh Architects, comments: “What was previously unmanaged and unkempt, inaccessible and unsightly, is now a greenspace that people can visit and enjoy.

“When we first started on site, much of the pathway was hidden under self-seeded trees and undergrowth, with a stream crossing the site. Looking at the area now, you simply wouldn’t believe it was the same piece of land.

“We are very pleased with the results of this project. It is a great example of how significant the surrounding landscapes are to a development and what benefit and value they can bring to a community.”

We are very pleased with the results of this project. It is a great example of how significant the surrounding landscapes are to a development and what benefit and value they can bring to a community.

Gerald Sharp

Senior Technician