Llys Cadwyn contractor donates time and resources to repair flood hit Ynysangharad Park Bowls Club

Written by on 15th October 2020

Willmott Dixon, the contractor delivering Llys Cadwyn is donating time, resources and materials from the Taff Vale redevelopment project to make the ground floor of the Ynysangharad Park Bowls Club accessible again. The bowls club was submerged in water, like much of the town centre during February’s catastrophic floods and has not been used since.

The team are familiar with the building, having already donated over 430 hours of their time in 2019 to repair and refresh the exterior of the building. The current works include the fitting out a kitchen area, toilet, and meeting room. Like in 2019, the Willmott Dixon team have enlisted the support of the local supply chain working currently working on the Transport for Wales building, to complete the works, which they hope to finish by the end of October.

Dave John, Willmott Dixon Senior Operations Manager said: ‘Working on the Taff Vale Redevelopment for over 2 years, we have built up strong ties with the local community. We know how important Ynysangharad park bowls club is to the people of Pontypridd and we were devasted to hear that the flooding meant that the building could no longer be used.

We knew that our skills could be put to good use, so along with our supply chain we hope to make the building accessible again by the end of the

October. It has been a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone involved so far’

Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, added: “The Council has worked very closely alongside Willmott Dixon on every step of the Llys Cadwyn development – and a vital aspect of this partnership was engagement within the community and creating a legacy far above and beyond the three buildings being built.

“Pontypridd has had an incredibly-tough 2020, with Coronavirus following the terrible flooding during February. However, Llys Cadwyn is at the heart of a bright future for Pontypridd, among a number of exciting regeneration projects for the town – and we look forward to bringing news about the third Llys Cadwyn building being handed over to the Council in the coming weeks.

“We are very grateful to Willmott Dixon for their support with repairing the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, as part of the huge community response to Storm Dennis. This is the second time the company has donated the time and effort of its Llys Cadwyn workforce to help improve the facility – and on this occasion bring it back into use for the community.”

Geoff Ogden, Transport for Wales Rail Corporate Services Director, said:

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Willmott Dixon over the past two years as part of the development of our new headquarters at Llys Cadwyn.

“It’s great to see them continuing to give back to the community by giving their time and skills to help the Ynysangharad Park Bowls Club recover from the devastating floods in February, demonstrating their continuing commitment to supporting the town and its people beyond the Taff Vale redevelopment.”

When complete it is hoped that local community groups will be able to use the facility, providing a fresh new space for their meetings and bring this important community asset back to life.

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