A new Port Talbot town centre development on the site of a former police station has been recognised at the prestigious Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Regional Building Excellence Awards 2019.
The South Wales regional event was held at the Vale Resort, Hensol, on Friday 12th April, and was hosted by Welsh opera singer (of Go Compare fame) Wynne Evans.
The awards celebrate excellent buildings, individuals, outstanding companies and partnerships going that extra mile in the construction business.
The Ty’r Orsaf (Station House) project by Morganstone Ltd in Port Talbot’s town centre was judged the best social or affordable new housing development in this year’s awards.
It involved the complete demolition and breathtaking rejuvenation of the former Port Talbot Police Station, which was occupying a key site that needed to be redeveloped as a critical part of Neath Port Talbot Council’s regeneration agenda.
The building now comprises a striking three storey collection of 30 affordable apartments and three ground floor commercial units.
Paul Davis, Building Control manager at Neath Port Talbot Council said:
“We have worked closely with Morganstone on this, and many other developments they have delivered in Neath Port Talbot, and it is particularly pleasing to see them gaining recognition for their efforts.”
Morganstone Managing Director Ian Morgan added:
“We are proud to have had two developments nominated for the Regional LABC Awards, and delighted that our Ty’r Orsaf development has won the Best Social or Affordable Housing Award.
“It was made very clear that these awards were based on quality of build as opposed to aesthetics and this recognition highlights the importance Morganstone places on our developments being built to the highest of standards.”
The former police station holds fond memories for the Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones, as it was where he began a long police service career in 1976 but he is glad the new building now forms part of a new look Port Talbot.
Cllr Jones said:
“The building has now made way for a new development which will serve the needs of the town as it moves forward. It is also a stunning example of the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) fund being used to modernise town centres.
“This project is a vital part of our wider regeneration plans that will give the town centre a huge boost. Ty’r Orsaf is in the heart of Port Talbot’s town centre and is close to the Port Talbot Integrated Transport Hub and Harbourside which will play a big part in Port Talbot’s future.”