Preparations have begun for the demolition works to commence at the former Police Station in Port Talbot to make way for a brand new four storey building. Once completed, the redevelopment project will include 30 new apartments and three commercial units.
The £4 million investment is one of a number of projects in Neath Port Talbot Council’s Regeneration programme, which will see over £35 million invested in and around the town centre, partly funded by the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Programme. The project will also receive support from the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Programme. The site in the Lower Station Road area of Port Talbot town centre will be redeveloped by Pobl Group. The demolition and site clearance work is expected to last up to 14 weeks, with completion of the development expected by the end of 2018.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Rob Jones said:
“This demolition work is a welcome and important milestone in the redevelopment of the town centre.
“For me, the building itself holds fond memories of a long career as it is where I began my Police service in 1976 but now is the time for it to make way for a new development which will serve the needs of the town as it moves forward.
“This project is a vital part of our wider regeneration plans that will give the town centre a huge boost. The development is in the heart of Port Talbot town centre and is in close proximity to the Port Talbot Integrated Transport Hub.”
Jonathan Hughes, Director of Development (West) for Pobl Group, explained more about the project:
“We’ve consulted with the Design Commission for Wales to ensure that our development supports the transformative vision for the regeneration of Port Talbot town centre.
Morganstone, our contractors, will be delivering a high quality, distinct development; floor to ceiling windows, balconies and bronze effect exterior creating a landmark building, encouraging more people to live in the town centre and resulting in a more vibrant and thriving Port Talbot.”
Ian Morgan, Managing Director of Morganstone said:
“Morganstone are delighted to be working alongside Pobl and Neath Port Talbot Council on this prestigious project that will provide much needed affordable homes to the area in a new vibrant and modern designed building”.
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant said:
“This project is an excellent example of the benefits the Vibrant and Viable Places programme is bringing to communities. The development will provide much needed housing in the area and will help boost Port Talbot town centre regeneration.”