Work to transform the former Greyhound pub in Pontypool into new residential and retail units well underway.
The landmark building, which stands at the gateway into Pontypool’s main shopping area, has been vacant since it closed its doors as a pub around eight years ago.
Bron Afon Community Housing and Torfaen County Borough Council have been working on a joint project to bring the building back with a viable long-term use. The project will deliver a sustainable mix of low-cost housing and commercial units, as well as restoring important heritage features on the outside of the property.
The building works are expected to take approximately six months with the property opening its doors again in the autumn.
Robert Panou, Development Manager for Bron Afon, said:
“We have been working hard for many months to find a way to bring empty Pontypool buildings back into use.
“We see the renovation of the historic Greyhound as an important first step to creating a sustainable, long-term programme of property renovations in the town.”
Councillor Lewis Jones, executive member for regeneration at Torfaen council, said:
“The Greyhound has been derelict for many years now so it is fantastic to see that this building is being given a new lease of life and brought back into use. As well as revitalising the building, creating new residential premises in the heart of the town will bring much needed footfall for local traders.”
The project has been made possible through funding from the Townscape Heritage Initiative, Pontypool Investment Fund and Bron Afon Community Housing.
The Pontypool Townscape Heritage Initiative has received approximately £2.5M funding from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government’s Targeted Match Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Pontypool Regeneration Partnership and Torfaen County Borough Council to deliver a series of external repairs and renewals and internal refurbishments across Pontypool town centre.
The Pontypool Investment Fund has been funded by Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Programme and will see £1.5M invested in a series of property conversion projects in Pontypool Town Centre.