The city’s newest hub, bringing services and facilities to the heart of the community, has opened its doors to the public.
The new Powerhouse Hub in Llanedeyrn will provide a wider range of services and better facilities and will be open for six days a week.
The building, which has been extended, has undergone major refurbishment works to become the latest facility to open in the Council’s successful community hub programme which brings services and partner services together under one roof.
The new Powerhouse will be home to the library service with a quiet area and space for children’s events, IT training suite, private interview rooms, rooms for community meetings & events, a community café and a community hall.
Customers will also be able to access housing, benefit & advice services, free internet and Wi-Fi access, free phones to contact Council & other services and Into Work Advice & training courses.
The Council’s Adult Community Learning service will also have a base at the new hub offering adult learning opportunities with courses starting in September while the Youth Service will also be delivering a range activities for young people in the area for three nights a week (Tues,Thurs & Fri), with facilities including a music studio and social and sports area.
The opening of the new Powerhouse is part of the wider development of the Maelfa estate in Llanedeyrn and work is well underway on the project that will deliver new modern shops, community facilities and a mix of social rented and private housing on the current site.
South Wales Police, who previously had a local station in the Maelfa Centre, have now relocated to the Powerhouse and will have self-contained offices on the first floor.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said:
“Another new hub for the city is great news, especially for the communities of Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn. Our other hubs have proved very popular and have helped us increase the take up of services. I’m sure this new hub will be no different – it’s going to be a real asset for local people.
“The Maelfa regeneration will breathe new life into this part of the city and the Powerhouse is an important part of the redevelopment, bringing services people need into the heart of the community.
“I’m also really pleased that we have been able to work with South Wales Police to co-locate our services at the Powerhouse. This is a great example of partnership working.”
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael, said:
“The hub is a facility that the local community can be very proud of – it is the result of excellent and visionary partnership work and is a blueprint for future projects.
“Indeed, our presence within the building gives policing a strong foothold in the heart of the community during what is a very exciting chapter for everybody in Llanedeyrn and its surrounding areas.
“It gives our officers a fit for purpose base from which they can conduct all of their day to day business.
“The proximity of police officers and PCSOs to the public and others using the hub to work with the community will no doubt present many opportunities for regular engagement and interaction.
“But the hub is not a police station in the traditional sense of a forbidding entrance and a front desk – we have moved on from that to a situation where police officers and PCSOs spend the maximum amount of their time out in the community where their time is best spent.
“If people do require police assistance, then a yellow phone has been installed on the outside of the building which gives the public free and immediate access to the non-emergency 101 number any time of the day or night.”
Ahead of the opening of the new hub, current services being provided from the Powerhouse will be unavailable on Thursday July 27, Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29 when the building will be closed while preparation works are carried out.