After years of anticipation the ground is about to be broken at Pontypridd’s Taff Vale site, as construction of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s major mixed-use development is about to begin.
The Council, which became the outright owner of Taff Vale in April 2015, is about to revitalise the strategic Town Centre site following a number of failed private sector projects. The site was once home to the Taff Vale Shopping Centre, and in 2017 the Council reached major landmarks required to deliver an office-led, mixed-use development in three distinctive buildings by 2020.
Progress included site demolition, the appointment of contractor Willmot Dixon to support project delivery, gaining full planning permission and securing South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales as a tenant.
Building A (nearest Gas Road Car Park) and Building B (the centre of the three buildings) will incorporate office floorspace, while Building C (nearest Bridge Street) will be a gateway building to Pontypridd, and will include a 21st Century library, a Council customer contact point, a cafe, meeting rooms, community facilities and a new leisure and fitness centre. The strategic development will provide 14,693sq/m of floorspace.
A footbridge from the existing Gas Road Car Park to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park will also be built as part of the scheme.
First works on site begin today (Monday, January 8, 2018), consisting of enabling works ahead of construction in February. Other upcoming milestones for the project include:
- Piling works beginning, Spring 2018.
- Cranes erected on site, Spring 2018.
- Footbridge planning submission, Summer 2018.
- Footbridge construction, Spring 2019.
- Footbridge completion, Autumn 2019.
- Building handovers and occupation, 2019/2020.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise Development and Housing, said:
“We are entering very exciting times for the long-awaited Taff Vale scheme in Pontypridd, after planning permission was granted in September. With enabling works beginning today and construction work to start imminently, residents will be able to see for themselves the tremendous progress being made in making this flagship development a reality.
“The scheme will bring a significant number of jobs to Pontypridd, and will provide a boost to Town Centre businesses through increased footfall. It has the potential to greatly contribute to the town’s retail and commercial offer, and take advantage of the opportunities created by the South Wales Metro and the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
“The development will create an impressive new gateway to Pontypridd and, after years of waiting, will revitalise the Taff Vale site which has remained a large abandoned space in the Town Centre for decades.
“In 2017 we saw several important landmarks reached, with plenty more on the horizon in 2018. In fact, just days into the New Year we are breaking the ground with enabling works to allow the construction phase to follow shortly after. I look forward to seeing even more progress being made in the coming weeks and months, as the transformation of Taff Vale accelerates further.”