Harbourside wins prestigious Regeneration award
Harbourside’s R&D Village development in Port Talbot has won
a top honour at the RICS Wales Awards ceremony in Cardiff.
Harbourside is one of the Council’s key regeneration projects at
the gateway to the Swansea Bay City Region.
The multi million pound redevelopment of Port Talbot’s former
docks quarter will transform the area into a new knowledge focused
business hub, creating hundreds of skilled jobs.
There are also proposals for a future residential and leisure
offering which will sit adjacent to the dockside and river
The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards
celebrate the most inspirational regional initiatives and
developments in land, property, construction and the
The Regeneration Award showcases exceptional improvements to
urban, rural or coastal areas. Judges look for a scheme that has
conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a way
that has contributed to the viability of the area.
The awards are not judged purely on the building that has been
submitted; they are about the project as a whole. The judging panel
takes into consideration the impact the project has had on its
surrounding community, how the end user feels about it and what
really makes it stand out from the rest.
The £6.3m R&D village at Harbourside Park opened in summer
2013 and provides a new centre for innovation, research and
development. Promoted primarily to appeal to companies
operating within the manufacturing, engineering and materials
sectors, current tenants include leading global companies TWI UK
Ltd and Tata Steel Europe.
Both of these companies had a great deal of input in terms of
specifying their technical requirements of the buildings. This has
enabled world leading research and product development activities
to be delivered to international companies, raising the profile of
Port Talbot’s Harbourside as a key location for R&D
The Harbourside project has provided exceptional improvements to
a previous brownfield site, providing fantastic looking new
buildings which are the highest rated BREEAM offices in the UK.
BREEAM is the ‘Building Research Establishment Environmental
Assessment Methodology’ is the world's foremost environmental
assessment method and rating system for buildings.
The three two-storey buildings were designed by Rio Architects
and developed by Deryn Properties, in conjunction with main
contractor Sir Robert McAlpine and a design team that included NYTC
Consult Ltd, CD Gray Associates and Hoare Lea. The project was part
financed by the Welsh Government via the European Regional
Development Fund and Principality Commercial.
Harbourside is already home to HMCS Justice Centre and the
redevelopment of Port Talbot Parkway Station makes the site a key
location for other developments offering employment opportunities.
Neath Port Talbot College have also announced plans for their new
campus to be built at Harbourside.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Cllr Ali Thomas said: “Port
Talbot Harbourside’s R&D Village is a fantastic development and
one of several significant projects which the Council is working
alongside partners to deliver as part of its ‘Prosperity for All’
regeneration programme. The R&D village is already bringing
huge economic benefits to the local area and is set to attract
further investment into a formerly vacant industrial site. I am
extremely pleased and proud to see that the quality of this
development is now being recognised nationally with this RICS
David Stacey, of the developer Deryn Properties, said: “The
award is excellent news and the result of a great team effort by
all concerned; a design team that understood the challenge and
stepped up to the mark, a funding bank that believed in the
project, the WEFO team who helped overcome many hurdles and Neath
Port Talbot Council who were receptive, helpful and supportive
Harbourside will now be entered in to the UK RICS awards held in
October 2014 in London, where it will compete against other
projects from the UK.