A Royal Affair at Valero

Think of civil engineering and you think construction, industrial logistics and facilities maintenance and management..

And most of the time you’d be right. At Austwel we do all of these things very well. But we do like to keep everyone on their toes and turn our hand to the odd unusual project.

The recent royal visit to the Valero site in Pembroke is just such a project. A royal event doesn’t come together over night, and the visit from Prince William and Princess Catherine was no exception. The visit was hugely important both to the Valero Refinery and the local area. Celebrating it’s 50 year in Pembroke, the refinery was opened by the Queen Mother in 1964, the event attracted large press interest, local business and charity support and a team of executives from the Valero HQ in the US.

The event was the culmination of months of planning and Austwel, as the main civil contractor on site, was at the centre of it. From sourcing the marquee, furniture and fittings to ensuring all of the grounds were well manicured we were heavily involved in all aspects. Austwel commissioned and installed the Valero graphic wall panels for the reception, and designed and fitted the entire function room including a full scale catering area. For 2 months we worked closely with the Valero team to coordinate arrangements from beginning to end.

Mick James, our senior project engineer on site at Valero led the process, and said, ‘A project like this isn’t typical of our every day activities but our priority is delivering a value added service to our clients and if that involves assisting in the coordination of an event then we’re happy to do it.’

Time was tight, security was critical and every last detail had to be considered. And when the royal visit went off without a hitch everyone at Austwel was extremely proud to have been a part of it.