People, Places, Business

Work progresses well in Neath

Work progresses well on Neath Town Centre's redevelopment

Construction work on the first phase of the Neath town centre redevelopment is taking a major step forward this week.

Neath Town Centre Redevelopment

(L-R) Richard Bunn, Project Manager for Kier Construction; Gareth Nutt, Director of Environment; and Leader of Council, Councillor Ali Thomas

Following the clearance of the Magistrate’s Court site, contractors Kier have started erection of the steel frame for the multi storey car park.

In the meantime, ground works such as drainage and foundation works are progressing well.

A number of local companies have already secured contracts for the project, including Construction Recyclate Management (CRM) and Derwen.

The next packages of works to be let by Kier include scaffolding, brickwork, cladding, and mechanical and electrical works.

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 as well as the first new retail unit.

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

Established by the Welsh Government, and managed by Amber Fund Management Limited, RIFW provides funding to stimulate and support urban development projects.

Neath was the first development in the country to benefit from RIFW.

The development also includes improvements to the public spaces around the Water Street area, including new paving, lighting, street furniture and landscaping. This work is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government.

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 new car park.

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 builds 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 delighted that visible progress is being made at Neath. I am also pleased to see that the contractor is working with us to use local suppliers where possible and provide local people with employment opportunities.”

“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.

“It 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.”

Richard Bunn, Project Manager for Kier Construction said: “We are delighted to be working with Neath Port Talbot Council on this exciting development for Neath town centre, which is making good progress.

“We continue to work closely with the Council’s Business Development team to ensure that local businesses and the local community benefit from this investment.”

For more information on regeneration in Neath Port Talbot visit www.npt.gov.uk/places