Loftco, a property development company from Penarth, is excited to unveil the latest addition to its ever-growing portfolio; the Jennings Building in Porthcawl. With the official grand opening taking place on the 1st September, the event will welcome the likes of First Minister Carwyn Jones, seeing local businesspeople and the Porthcawl community reap the benefits of Loftco’s efforts.
Transforming the derelict dockside warehouse, Loftco has breathed new life into the historic building, with three businesses already confirmed to be operating from Jennings Building.
As part of the fabric of Porthcawl’s history, the building will now be utilised by Double Zero Pizza, Coffi Co and Harbour Bar and Kitchen; giving the residents and visitors of Porthcawl a host of new hotspots.
This sympathetic regeneration of a locally important Listed Building is expected to evolve into a cultural hub, offering everything from food and drink to music and entertainment.
Built in 1832, the Jennings Building is widely regarded as one of the few remaining early dockside warehouse buildings from its era in South Wales. It was originally constructed as the southern terminus of the Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl horse-drawn tram road, which was used to transport iron and coal from the Llynfi Valley.
The name came about in 1911 when it was occupied by the timber importers; Jennings and Co. In recent years, the building has been used as an indoor skating park.
Bridgend County Borough Council granted the three businesses a long-term lease on the newly-developed property, with Councillor Charles Smith, BCBC’s cabinet member for education and regeneration, saying:
“I, like many others, have kept a close eye on the development as it has progressed and it was exciting to see the first business open there recently.
“This is huge news for Porthcawl and a real landmark development that can become an attractive focal point for local people and visitors alike.
“Allied with the recent improvements to the Marina, the Maritime Centre proposal, and the fact that thousands of visitors will be coming to Porthcawl for the Senior Open later this month, these are extremely exciting times for the town.”
Coun Smith added:
“The Townscape Heritage Initiative in the Porthcawl harbour area has made over £1m worth of funding available for us to work with building owners and local organisations on the sensitive repair and restoration of historic premises, structures and open spaces, all using traditional materials and skills.
“As well as giving the Jennings Building a new lease of life, the scheme has also seen the grade II-listed Customs House brought back to its original condition, with its doors, windows and slate roof reinstated, and the exterior stonework repaired.
“Another project that we are equally proud of is the way that the scheme has helped us to bring the Old Pilot Lookout Tower – another listed building – back into use. After being restored, the building was handed over to the National Coastwatch Institution, who are now using it to keep our shores safe.
“We are extremely proud of our heritage and the THI scheme has enabled us to bring vacant historic buildings back to their former glory, and celebrate the distinctiveness of local architecture.”
Thrilled to receive such wonderful feedback, Loftco’s Managing Director, Simon XXX is delighted to see these three independent businesses making use of the space.
“We genuinely believe the Jennings will become an iconic landmark in Porthcawl and it has been a brilliant journey working alongside the various community groups in Porthcawl and Bridgend Council” he comments.
For more information on Loftco, visit their website today – http://www.loftco.net/