Work is underway on the new leisure complex at Aberavon
Developer Corban Investments and their contractor, Heron Bros
Ltd., have started construction of the £13.4m facility which is
being built adjacent to Reel Cinema.
The investment in the landmark seafront location will result in
a purpose-built beachfront leisure centre, complete with ‘wave
design’ roof and featuring a 25m pool with moveable floor; multiple
changing facilities, gym/fitness suite, dance studio, four court
sports hall, cafe and community rooms.
Chris Mundow from Corban Investments said: “We are
delighted to be working in partnership with Neath Port Talbot
Council on this important project which is of great significance at
both economic and community levels, supporting the wider
regeneration of Neath Port Talbot and also bringing benefits to the
local area and its residents”.
Corban Investments has brought together a team of specialists
with national and international experience to plan, design and
deliver the project.
Contractor Heron Bros Ltd is a privately owned company with a
track record of delivering large and complex construction projects
including many in the sports and leisure sectors. Recently,
they have delivered the ‘Caerphilly Centre for Sporting Excellence’
for the Newport Dragons and Cardiff City FC.
One of the Council’s key aims is to maximise community benefits
from regeneration projects such as this one. The Council’s Business
Development team will be working closely with Heron Brothers
throughout the duration of the contract to ensure local businesses
benefit from the project.
Ken Whan, Operations Director of Heron Bros added: “Heron
Bros is delighted at being selected as the contractor for the
iconic new Aberavon Seafront Leisure Centre in Port Talbot.
“We look forward to delivering this fantastic project in
conjunction with Corban Investments, Neath Port Talbot Council and
the design team in the months ahead, and to working closely with
the local community and the local supply chain in its
A ‘Meet the Buyer Event’ has already been held where Heron Bros
outlined the opportunities on the project and explained how
potential contractors can register on their approved supplier
The event was attended by over 60 contractors including plant
hire, structural steel providers, general builders, painters and
decorators, flooring and landscaping companies.
Andy Thorburn, Regional Sales & Marketing Manager for
Express Reinforcements Ltd attended the event and said: “These
events provide local businesses with an excellent opportunity to
meet developers and main contractors working on key projects within
the area. Attending these in the past has enabled us to meet with
buyers at an early stage, and given us the chance to successfully
bid for work packages”.
Councillor Peter Rees, Deputy Leader of Neath Port Talbot
Council said: “This will be a wonderful twenty first century
facility we can all be proud of and will be a focal point in
enhancing our strategy and vision for regenerating the whole
“I am delighted to see that the contractor is working with us to
provide trading opportunities for local businesses.
“Creating local job opportunities is one of our key priorities
and it is vital that we make the most of investment and
construction projects such as this one to benefit local businesses
and people and in the County Borough.”