Companies from across South East Wales attended a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in the hope of securing work on one of Merthyr Tydfil’s most important regeneration projects.
Builders, architects, scaffolders and landscapers were at the Orbit Business Centre in Rhydycar Business Park to learn about the opportunities for them to help restore properties in the town centre’s Pontmorlais Heritage Quarter.
As well as hearing about the £1.9m programme, the companies were made aware of future potential opportunities and were also given advice on how to register for the Welsh Government’s Sell2Wales and eTenderWales services.
“Many members of the audience didn’t know about these business procurement websites,” said Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Leader Cllr Brendan Toomey. “They were either unaware that they would have to be registered to obtain work through local authority funding, or weren’t sure how to go about doing it.
“We also informed them about potential opportunities for work at other locations including Cyfarthfa Park and Castle, Rock UK and the former YMCA building. So it was a good engagement exercise for both the Council and construction industry.”
Pontmorlais buildings which have already benefited from inward investment as part of the initiative include prominent civic and social buildings the Old Town Hall (Redhouse), Zoar Chapel and the former YMCA.
The next phase of work Pontmorlais Townscape Heritage Quarter, Continuing the Renaissance, entails the ‘sympathetic’ restoration of historical features using traditional methods and materials of surviving examples of the town centre’s earliest stages of urban development.