Port Talbot’s historic former Magistrates’ Court building is to have a bright new future as a hi-tech business centre.
The neo-Georgian style, Grade II listed structure – which will be re-branded as The Terminus – has first class transport links being sited next to Port Talbot’s Railway Station and Parkway Transport Hub with the M4 motorway close by.
Work on the conversion of the building into an ultra-fast broadband equipped centre for technology focused companies started this month and is due to be completed by January 2019.
Construction firm TAD of Llanelli will carry out the work.
Originally the head offices of the old Port Talbot Steel Company, it was converted into a Magistrates’ Court in 1988 and re-opened by Lord Mackay of Clashfern.
The building is situated at one of the main gateways to Port Talbot along the recently completed, multi-million pound Harbour Way road and is also adjacent to the Harbourside strategic employment site area in Port Talbot’s former docklands.
The aim of the Terminus project is to develop the building into a space providing flexible office accommodation, along with associated meeting and training rooms, providing jobs as well as attracting further economic investment to the area.
The redevelopment is designed to attract hi-tech focused companies by providing high specification, modern office space with ultra-fast broadband connectivity.
The project will support the on-going regeneration of Port Talbot’s town centre and its surrounding areas. The project also complements recent and proposed investments at the Harbourside area of the Port Talbot Enterprise Zone.
Funding of £1,532,300 for the project has come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and also through the Welsh Government’s Building for the Future Programme (BFTF).
The BFTF initiative is delivered by Welsh Government’s Homes and Places division and aims to support the regeneration of town centres and surrounding areas by tackling derelict, under-utilised land or buildings, with the aim of bringing them back into full economic use.
The programme will attract additional investment to the region and will provide opportunities for local contractors, as well as targeted recruitment and training opportunities via local ESF funded employability projects, including Workways+, Cam Nesa and Communities for Work.
One of the key projects as part of the Building For The Future programme in Neath Port Talbot, it will meet local demand for new office floor space within the town centre and add to the vitality and viability of the town centre.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for regeneration and sustainable development, Cllr Annette Wingrave said:
“The Terminus will be a fantastic addition to the ongoing regeneration of Port Talbot’s town centre. The funding will enable us to bring this iconic building back into productive use.
“The refurbishment will result in a high-tech new business centre with the building retaining its attractive façade which will help attract high quality businesses with high quality jobs.”