People, Places, Business

Work begins in Neath

Work begins on Neath Town Centre redevelopment

The first phase of Neath town centre redevelopment is underway. Kier Construction is on site and finalising their site preparation works with hoardings and assembly of their office and welfare facilities.

Multi storey car park Neath

The new 600 space multi-storey car park planned for Neath

Preparations are also underway for the demolition of the Magistrate's Court building, which will start this month and should be completed by the end of September.

This first phase of the Neath Town Centre redevelopment will include a new 600 space multi-storey car park providing a modern well lit, spacious and secure facility for people using the town centre.

Excavation and piling work for the new multi-storey car park and retail unit are due to start soon. The next visible construction milestone will be the erection of the new steel frames later this year.

The existing multi-storey car park will remain in place until the new facility has been built. The first 24,000 sq.ft. retail unit will be constructed alongside the car park.

The first phase of the town centre redevelopment is funded by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW).

Funded by the Welsh Government, RIFW provides funding to stimulate and support urban development projects. Neath is the first development in the country to benefit from the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales.
 
The vision for Neath is to create an attractive, vibrant and competitive town that meets the needs of businesses, shoppers and visitors, whilst retaining its market town character.

The town centre redevelopment work will build on previous regeneration projects, such as the refurbishment of the Gwyn Hall, the restoration of Victoria Gardens and a number of street scene improvements including those at the Parade, Church Place and Stockhams Corner.

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “I am pleased to see that work has started. We have reached a big milestone in our vision to regenerate Neath town centre.

“This development plays a key part in our efforts to build a better future for the county borough as an attractive place to live, visit and do business.

“The town centre development is one of the few schemes of its kind starting in the UK this year and I am pleased that our plans for Neath are becoming a reality.”