17 Nov 2021
Transport for Wales celebrate awards success for headquarters fit out
Transport for Wales is celebrating victory in the Social Value for Future Generations Awards after being recognised for delivering social value during the fit out of their new headquarters in Pontypridd.
TfW received the Prosperous Future Generations Award at an online awards ceremony as part of the National Social Value Conference: Wales, held on 16-17 November. The Social Value for Future Generations Awards celebrate innovation, leadership and best practice of social value in Wales that also links with the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
The award recognised the work TfW has done in ensuring a sustainable transition to the new offices at Llys Cadwyn. TfW partnered with Rype Office and a social enterprise, Merthyr Institute for the Blind, to refurbish existing furniture and source second-hand furniture instead of buying brand new furniture, often one of the biggest contributors to the carbon footprint of new facilities. Only 19% of the furniture in the office is new, and 13% was locally sourced, saving almost 93 tonnes of CO2.
The office building also features solar power and water harvesting systems, and provided local employment opportunities in the construction and fit out. The interior of the building has been carefully designed to reflect TfW’s organisational values as well as the needs of its staff, with a strong emphasis on harnessing collaborative working practices. Equality, diversity and inclusion has also influenced the design, with a reflection room and non-binary changing rooms and toilets available for staff and visitors.
Natalie Rees, TfW’s Sustainable Development Manager, said:
“We’re delighted that the TfW team’s hard work in delivering our successful and sustainable move to Pontypridd has been recognised. Sustainable development is at the heart of everything we do, and we work to meet the aims of the Well-being of Future Generations Act and help contribute to a more sustainable Wales”.