Regional Director for BAM in the Western region, Tim Chell, who lives in Caldicott, said:
“In 1877, our predecessors built the Sessions House in Usk, Monmouthshire for court proceedings. The building is still there. Back then it connected to Usk prison, and we recently set up a programme to help rehabilitate low-risk prisoners back into work, and by chance, found the first person we took on was incarcerated there.
“We began trading before the motor car, telephone or the camera were in popular use. In those days we used steam trains or ships or a horse and cart to move materials. Our early jobs were during the Second World War and largely industrial. Now, we are recognised around the world as pioneers of innovation in technology. For example, BAM build the world’s first 3D concrete printed bridge. In Wales, we’ve created amongst the most modern hospital and university environments in the world over the past few years.
“Our operations in South Wales saw us open our own dedicated office here 30 years ago in 1989. But going back to our origins, our track record in Wales includes clients like Morris Motors, the Royal Navy, the AA, British Rail, British Oxygen and the Post Office. We’ve built for every major supermarket, created county council headquarters, and our iconic buildings include the grandstand at Leckwith Stadium and the National Museum of Wales.”