Work begins on development

Work begins on new £5.7m development on Baglan Energy Park

It includes a new primary and community care centre for the people of Briton Ferry and high quality office space, on a site next to the Council’s Quays building. The new centre will provide 1,420 square metres over two floors for the two GP practices based in Briton Ferry, serving some 12,500 patients, and community services delivered by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

£5.7m development on Baglan Energy Park

BMU Chairman Professor Andrew Davies and Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas OBE on site at Baglan Energy Park

It will also allow the provision of some new services, improving the overall level of patient care offered in the area.

The centre, which is costing £3.4 million, will have designated car parking for patients, including disabled parking spaces and drop-off facilities.

In addition, the developer, Deryn Properties, along with their contractors Gravan, will be constructing a pharmacy, together with 13,000 sq ft of high quality office space, which is also being funded by Principality Commercial.

Baglan Energy Park is a significant employment site and has already attracted global businesses including Intertissue, one of the major tissue manufacturers in Europe, Montagne Jeunesse, a natural skin care company selling products worldwide, and pharmaceutical products manufacturers Ecolabs.

It is also home to the Council’s Quays building and NPT Homes’ headquarters and provision of high quality commercial office space as part of this development will support further business investment and job creation in the area.

Work is also progressing well on a bridge which will link both sides of Baglan Energy Park which will allow easier access to and within the Park for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. It is on track to open in March next year.

The entire project has been made possible by close partnership working between Neath Port Talbot Council, ABMU, the Briton Ferry GP practices, the Welsh Government and Deryn Properties.

ABMU has been trying to secure replacement primary and community care facilities for the people of Briton Ferry for the last eight years. 

Bringing together the health board’s proposals for a primary and community care centre and available land in the Council’s ownership resulted in securing both the delivery of a first class health care facility and high quality office space.

The commercial office part of the development is supported by the South West Wales Property Development Fund, and, combined with the ABMU centre will result in a holistic state-of-the-art development, that will provide modern, fit for purpose accommodation for both the public and private sector for generations to come.

The office development is due for completion in summer 2015, with the primary and community care centre completed shortly afterwards.

Councillor Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “I am very pleased that work is finally underway on this exciting project which will provide state of the art medical facilities for the people of Briton Ferry, as well as first class business accommodation to create further investment and employment on Baglan Energy Park.

“I am grateful to AMBU, Deryn and the Welsh Government, who together with Neath Port Talbot Council have made this development possible.”

ABMU Chairman Professor Andrew Davies said: “This development is a great example of how the close working partnership between ABMU Health Board and Neath Port Talbot Council is benefiting local communities.

“This state-of-the-art community facility will help deliver quality services for local people.”

Jon Leyland, Director of Deryn Properties said: “We are delighted to be working once again with Neath Port Talbot Council and the Welsh Government to deliver this exciting new project.

“We are working closely with our contractor and the Council’s Business Development team to ensure that local people and businesses benefit from this investment.”