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