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Taff Vale redevelopment officially renamed during First Minister visit

The name of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s flagship development at the former Taff Vale Shopping Centre site has been officially announced as Llys Cadwyn at an event in Pontypridd today, attended by First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM.

The Taff Vale Redevelopment will be formally known as Llys Cadwyn, which translates to Chain Court, reflecting the strong, proud, industrial heritage of Rhondda Cynon Taf, and the world famous Brown Lenox & Co. chain works, which were situated in Pontypridd during Wales’ industrial heyday. The development is part of a wider regeneration programme that will deliver significant economic benefits to Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Llys Cadwyn scheme has been backed with £10m from the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government’s £110m Building for the Future programme.

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM, while visiting the site on Thursday, said: “A year ago, we announced £10m to support Rhondda Cynon Taf Council with the creation of three distinctive buildings in Pontypridd, making Llys Cadwyn the first project to benefit from our £110m Building for the Future programme. This is an excellent opportunity to see how EU and Welsh Government funding has enabled Pontypridd to unlock its potential.

“During my visit today, it was easy to see the tremendous hard work and effort which has gone into the Llys Cadwyn development at the former Taff Vale Shopping Centre site. The benefits of these regeneration projects are far-reaching – they support people into long-term employment; upskill our local workforce and they help tackle poverty in our communities.

“I wish Rhondda Cynon Taf Council the best of luck with the rest of the scheme and I look forward to seeing Pontypridd’s economy grow.”

Llys Cadwyn is a vital strategic scheme in the heart of Pontypridd, to revitalise a derelict site at the gateway to the Town Centre. Llys Cadwyn will also be the new home of Transport for Wales, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. Three distinctive buildings are being constructed in the mixed-use development, for which the Council welcomed Welsh Government investment in March 2018.

Llys Cadwyn, situated on the site of the former Taff Vale Shopping Centre, consists of 1 Llys Cadwyn (nearest Gas Road Car Park) which will house Transport of Wales new headquarters and two food/drink units, 2 Llys Cadwyn (the centre of the three buildings) which will include grade A office floorspace and one food/drink unit, and 3 Llys Cadwyn (nearest Bridge Street) which will be a gateway building that incorporates a 21st Century library, Council customer contact point and a leisure/fitness centre. A new footbridge will also be constructed to provide a convenient link from Llys Cadwyn and upper Taff Street, directly into Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “Llys Cadwyn shows how ambitious we are as a Council in regenerating our County Borough, attracting high quality skilled jobs, increasing footfall in our town centres and creating a place that people are proud to live, work and play.

“Llys Cadwyn is at the heart of the Council’s major plans for Pontypridd and the wider Pontypridd Strategic Opportunity area – including a number of future housing, transport and infrastructure projects. Unlocking this strategic site is vital for Pontypridd, with the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to the town. Llys Cadwyn will be the home of South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales, which will increase footfall and support the town’s retail and commercial centre.

“After many failed attempts by the private sector to regenerate the site, RCT Council took ownership of the land in 2015 and our commitment to successfully regenerate the former shopping centre can evidently be seen, with construction work being undertaken by Willmott Dixon, which is progressing well, and due for completion in 2020.

“I’d like to thank the First Minister for supporting the important Llys Cadwyn project, which will act as a catalyst for regeneration in Rhondda Cynon Taf and the wider South East Wales region.”

JLL, a world-leader in commercial real estate, have been appointed as lead marketing agent for Llys Cadwyn, and have already begun to seek tenants for 2 Llys Cadwyn. All leasing enquires should be directed to Rhydian Morris of JLL – 02920 726002