Plans to breathe new life into a former iron and steelworks site in Wrexham have been given the go ahead, set to receive a £2m investment from Big Lottery. With plans for the regeneration project gathering momentum over the past few years, support and investment has only increased, with the £2m given to the group bringing the 1920’s machine shop and surrounding buildings back to life.
Brymbo Heritage Group (BHG) will reportedly use the money to create a parkland that surrounds the site. Being the focus for the coming years, the group will also be working on nine old buildings to create a heritage centre, learning facilities, business units, shops and apartments.
Brymbo Steelworks previously employed close to 2,500 people during its peak, closing its doors in 1990 after 200 years of business.
Chairman Colin Davies said: “The money will help so much”, excited to reimagine the site and bring the business back to its former glory.
Supported by Big Lottery’s Create Your Space programme, Prince’s Trust and local Councils, this scheme aims to create various job opportunities in North Wales.
Councillor Hugh Jones, lead member for communities and partnerships, said:
“The potential for this scheme to help revitalise the area really can’t be underestimated.”
With support from various organisations, environmental and engineering surveys, detailed design work and community engagement can now get underway.
Gary Brown, heritage officer for Brymbo Heritage Group, said:
“We’re delighted with today’s news, a real show of support for the plans we have to re-connect people with the spaces that made our community.
Brymbo ward councillor Paul Rogers said:
“I would like to congratulate Brymbo Heritage Group on their success securing this funding to develop and improve open spaces around our community.
“Having worked with the group on some of these ideas I know this funding will help to regenerate these former industrial areas.
“I look forward to seeing these ideas develop and look forward to further consultation with residents as the ideas progress.”