£10m Welsh Government Funding for Taff Vale Scheme

RCT Labour Council’s flagship Taff Vale redevelopment scheme received a massive boost last week after the Welsh Government announced £10m of funding to help support the progress of the vital project.

The announcement came after a visit from the Welsh Government’s Housing and Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans AM, who announced that the almost £50m scheme would be the first beneficiary of the Welsh Government’s new £110m Building for the Future programme, which is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.  The programme will help to regenerate town centres by redeveloping derelict or under-used land and buildings.

The £10m funding for Taff Vale, which is being developed on the site of a former 1960s shopping centre, includes £7m European funding, and will see the construction of three distinctive buildings in a mixed-use development.  Two of the buildings will incorporate vital office floorspace, whilst “Building C” will include a 21st Century library, Council services, a café, community facilities and a new leisure and fitness centre.

Works began on site on January 8, 2018, building upon significant progress in 2017 which included site demolition, the appointment of contractor Willmott Dixon to support project delivery, gaining full planning permission and securing South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales as a tenant.

Upcoming landmarks for the project include:

  • Taff Street pavement diversions – March 2018.
  • Piling works on site to commence – Spring 2018.
  • Cranes to be erected on site – Spring 2018.
  • Footbridge site investigations and detailed design – Spring 2018.
  • Footbridge planning submission – Summer 2018.
  • Site preparation for bridge (subject to planning consent) – Winter 2018.
  • Footbridge construction (subject to planning consent) – Summer 2019.
  • Buildings A, B and C completed – Winter 2020.

Labour Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “This significant investment is another huge boost for the Taff Vale project, and shows unequivocally that Labour is continuing to deliver on our public commitment to redevelop this strategic landmark in Pontypridd.

“This £10m financial support is welcomed by the Council, and shows the Welsh Labour Government’s support for our vision for Taff Vale. It was a pleasure to welcome the Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans to Pontypridd on Thursday, and show her the continued progress on site.

“The scheme will bring a significant number of jobs to Pontypridd and boost footfall in the town centre, therefore contributing significantly to the town’s 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.

“Every time you travel past Taff Vale you can see the site being gradually transformed. This will be even more exciting for residents and visitors as the project progresses and the three buildings take shape. By getting works underway in 2018 the Council sent a clear statement – that this important site is finally being developed after years in the making.

“The most immediate steps in the project, in Spring 2018, include the start of piling works and cranes being erected on site, as well as site investigations to inform a detailed design and planning submission for the new footbridge.

“Not only is it an exciting time for Pontypridd and the Taff Vale redevelopment, the Council also has further ambitious plans for Pontypridd Town and the wider Pontypridd and Treforest Strategic Opportunity Areas. These include future housing, transport and infrastructure projects, identified to unlock huge potential for economic growth and job creation that would occur from significant inward investment in the area.”

The Welsh Labour Government’s Housing and Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans AM, added: “The Taff Vale project demonstrates how we are meeting our Valleys Taskforce ambitions to create jobs, boost the construction industry and revitalise town centres.

“Transport for Wales, the next rail franchise and South Wales Metro operator, will be based in the development. It will transform the centre of Pontypridd and is currently the largest single development project in the town. It’s exciting to see these fantastic buildings start to take shape.

“Through Building for the Future we are supporting local authorities and private and third sector partners to acquire, refurbish or redevelop unused buildings and land close to town and city centres. They will identify how these buildings could be used, including for commercial, public sector and residential purposes.

“We will work with local authorities and building users to target and offer employment and training opportunities to people seeking work.

“Building for the Future will re-energise our town centres and create some bright opportunities for people and businesses up and down the country. It’s great to see this work is already underway in Pontypridd.”