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Work Starts on Innovative Community Project in Newport

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Neath-based construction firm J.G. Hale Construction has started work on a new innovative development in the Treberth area of Newport, which will create 45 older persons homes alongside a community hub.

Working on behalf of not for profit housing provider Pobl, the scheme will create facilities for both the residents and tenants living in the wider area.

The project makes use of a parcel of land left over from the redevelopment of Newport’s 1940s prefab homes more than 20 years ago and will utilise a series of sustainable technologies, including PV panels and battery storage, as well as green roofs and climbing walls.

A key factor to J.G Hale Construction’s involvement with the project is the utilisation of the ‘Off Site Manufacture’ (OSM) of their Trisowarm panel system.

The scheme will comprise two apartment blocks, one containing 18 one-bed apartments and the other 27 two-bed apartments. They will be linked by a three-storey atrium space, forming an entrance to the residential element.

The community hub building will be linked to the main residential block via a second-floor link corridor, passing over one of the drainage easements, allowing pedestrian access from both directions along Treberth Crescent.

A sun-room and a residents’ garden will be located on the southerly aspect of the building and will take advantage of views out over the existing parkland towards the 19 Hills area of Ringland.

The project’s external spaces will also include a wandering path with rest points and raised planting beds for the residents to grow fruit and vegetables, along with carefully designed planting to the front, softening the overall impact of the development.

J.G. Hale Construction is a Wales-based firm recognised for its commitment to innovative, eco-friendly design, quality materials and finishes and sustainable building practices. The company is committed to using local sub-contractors and suppliers.

David Harrhy, J.G. Hale Construction’s group managing director, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Pobl on what is an innovative and forward-thinking scheme that will make a big difference to the local community. As ever, we look forward to engaging with local suppliers and the local community to ensure we maximise the impact of the scheme on the local economy and community.”

Gavin Howells, senior project manager at Pobl, added:

“It’s great to be collaborating with Hale on this project to deliver 45 high quality, low carbon homes. This innovative scheme is more evidence of Pobl’s commitment to delivering affordable living solutions where they are needed across Wales, and we look forward to completion of this development in Spring 2022.”