Taff Vale Update
Written by Gavin on 30th April 2018
The Council’s flagship Taff Vale Redevelopment in Pontypridd has reached its latest milestone, with the delivery of two piling rigs required to construct the foundations of the new buildings.
The major Taff Vale redevelopment has made excellent progress since contractor Willmott Dixon started works on site in January, while the scheme received a significant boost in March as the Council welcomed £10m grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Building for the Future programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
The flagship scheme comprises a mixed-use development in three distinctive buildings on a derelict site in Pontypridd Town Centre, where the former 1960s Taff Vale Shopping Centre once stood.
Building A (nearest Gas Road Car Park) and Building B (the centre of the three buildings) will incorporate office floorspace with cafe/restaurant space, 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, community facilities and a new leisure and fitness centre. A footbridge from the new development to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park will also be built, subject to planning.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said:
“Taff Vale represents an exciting future for Pontypridd – and the continued progress taking place on site is in preparation of the main construction phase of the scheme. One of the major landmarks for Spring 2018 was to install piling rigs on site, and this has now been achieved.
“It is the latest landmark for the wider scheme, following the announcement of a £10m investment in March from the Welsh Government, supported by European funding. The next key milestone, back on site, will be the erection of the first tower crane, which is scheduled for installation by early June 2018.
“Once completed, the scheme will fulfil a long-term aspiration for the Council, to revitalise this strategic site where the Taff Vale Shopping Centre once stood. After several failed projects by the private sector over a number of years, the Council acquired the site in 2015, and committed to finally completing demolition and delivering a mixed-use development that will be of benefit to the town and Rhondda Cynon Taf generally.
“Taff Vale will bring a significant number of jobs to the area– boosted by the commitment of Transport for Wales to be based in the development. This will increase footfall in town, and significantly contribute to the local retail and commercial offer. The development is regionally-important, and will seek to take advantage of opportunities created by the South Wales Metro and the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.”
Willmott Dixon’s current progress on site has been in preparation for the main construction phase. The existing demolition material was reprocessed, and a piling mat was laid across the site to make way for new machinery to arrive. The next stage is to provide the new buildings with their foundations.
Two large piling rigs have recently been delivered to site, to drill into the ground and cast concrete columns with reinforced steel inside them – at 25m deep. The piling process has recently got underway.
The permanent set-up for the main construction work has also been put in place. This included adjusting the site’s hoarding line, and implementing parking suspensions along Crossbrook Street. Parking and access into Gas Road Car Park continues, but access into these areas is narrower than usual and there will be fewer parking spaces available in the area.