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New update on the Taff Vale Precinct Site

  • By James Payne
  • 06 Jul, 2017

RCT Council have announced that Willmot Dixon has been appointed as the contractor to support the delivery of the ambitious Taff Vale redevelopment project . Enterprise Cabinet Member, Councillor Robert Bevan has said that the appointment shows further evidence that the project is “being delivered” and represents an important stage in the project.

Construction on the site is due to begin early next year to ensure that the project is fully complete by 2019. The appointment of Willmott Dixon follows an announcement back in March 2017, when it was confirmed by Ken Skates AM that the redeveloped site will be used to home the HQ for Transport for Wales. RCT Council have also outlined ambitious plans for the inclusion of a new Gym and Library in the redevelopment.

Councillor Robert Bevan also added on the RCT Council website that they “are pleased to have Willmott Dixon on board and look forward to working with them on this ambitious project - which is of huge strategic importance.” Mr Bevan also added that the new site will enhance the commercial offer in Pontypridd and that the town will be in a good position, and ready for opportunities that will be offered from the South Wales Metro and City Deal.

Wilmott Dixon were delighted to have been appointed for the project, and they hope that the project will revitalise the town and create a positive effect not only in Pontypridd but throughout the Valleys, they also expressed an interest in working with local businesses during the project to create a lasting legacy that the town can be proud of.

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Director Phillip Rees said "It's great to promote Hawthorn High Schools football team, and we are very happy to be sponsoring. We are always keen to work with those in our local community, and this is a great example of that"

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Visit them at their Pontypridd branch at 72a Taff Street, where a friendly welcome and professional service will be waiting for you. 

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A huge thank you to everyone who voted for the Hope Rescue Charity Shop in our competition for the Pontypridd Business Improvement District ‘Best Dressed Window’ award for Christmas 2017.

The winning display was chosen by voters online on the BID's Facebook page, we received a huge response with the post reaching 20,000 users and over 700 people voted, eight businesses in the Business Improvement District participated. 

AM for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw, who presented the award to our Retail Manager, Katy Scourfield said: “Congratulations to Hope Rescue who managed to fend off some fierce completion to win the public vote. Hope Rescue is doing important work by rehoming dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership and I’m delighted to present them with this well-deserved award.”

BID Manager Victoria Pulman said: "Congratulations to Katy and the team at Hope Rescue, this is the first year the BID have run this award and we've had a great response from all the businesses involved. Hope Rescue have beaten strong competition, and we look forward to doing it all again next year'

Katy Scourfield responded:“We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award. Our team of twenty volunteers work incredibly hard to provide high quality displays and a special service all year around, so this award is for the whole team. I’d like to thank all our customers for supporting Hope Rescue.”

Congratulations and well done to the Charity Shop team!
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