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Important update on Taff Vale Precinct Site from RCT Council

  • By James Payne
  • 06 Mar, 2017

The RCT council have announced that the demolition of the former Taff Vale precinct site in Pontypridd will be finished by the end of March, as part of the Council’s project to transform the strategic site. RCT cabinet members will be informed at their next meeting on March the 9th with Walters UK Ltd aiming to finish clearing the site by the end of the month.

RCT council have invested over £3 million to revive the Taff Vale precinct site since becoming the owners in April 2015, the Council’s ambition is to deliver an of office-led project along with space for a new cafe or restaurant, delivered in three buildings including a statement which will be located by the entrance to Pontypridd town centre. The council are in the process of trying to secure new occupants for the planned buildings. There are also plans for a new car park and footbridge leading into Ynysangharad Park, which gained planning permission in October last year.

Councillor Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Tourism & Planning, said: “ The demolition process for the Local Authority’s office-led plan is now well underway, and on course to be finished by the end of March. The progress made is clearly visible, as contractors remove the large concrete slab on site.” He also added that “ Pontypridd is strategically important at the heart of the Cardiff Capital Region, and links the Rhondda, Cynon and Taff Ely areas. The Council’s focused investment in Taff Vale will help fulfil the area’s potential and bring hundreds of jobs to the area.”

RCT council have appointed Rhomco Consulting to manage the project with their initial cost estimated between £32m and £40m, the project’s construction procurement process will begin in May and construction is due to get underway in November. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2019.

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