Regeneration progress highlighted as Leisure Centre takes
Details of the latest progress on the new leisure centre for
Aberavon were revealed at an event last week to review Neath Port
Talbot Council’s regeneration strategy for Aberavon seafront.
Following a briefing on the latest stages of construction, ward
councillors were joined by representatives of local sports groups
and businesses on a site visit to view progress.
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, spin room, dance studio,
four court sports hall, cafe and community rooms.
Developer Corban Investments and their contractor, Heron Bros
Ltd. started construction of the £13.4m facility in June last year
which is being built adjacent to Reel Cinema and expected to be
completed by the end of 2015.
Installation of the timber roof beams is now complete and wall
cladding and roof sheet covering works are ongoing.
All underground drainage works and the ground and first floor
concrete floors are completed, and the pre-cast concrete staircases
have been installed.
The main pool walls and floor are complete and the poolside
promenade concrete decking work is due to be finished shortly.
Internal block work to the wet change village, offices and
community rooms is underway and mechanical and electrical works
Works over the next few weeks will include the completion of the
roof coverings and cladding, and the installation of external
glazing panels. Once this is complete, the building will be
watertight and internal works including pool tiling, carpentry and
internal wall finishes can commence.
One of the Council’s key aims is to maximise community benefits
from regeneration projects such as this one, and the Council’s
Business Development team is working with Heron Brothers throughout
the duration of the contract to ensure local businesses benefit
from the investment.
At the start of the project, a ‘Meet the Buyer Event’ was
attended by over 60 local contractors. So far, more than 50% of the
project’s contractors and suppliers are based within South
Councillor Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council
said: “I am pleased to see good progress being made on the
construction of the new leisure centre.
“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 area.
“I am delighted to see that the contractor is working with us to
provide trading opportunities for local businesses wherever
“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.”
Chris Mundow, Development Director with Corban Investments said:
“We’re very pleased with the level of progress on this flagship
development which is now halfway to completion. This has been
achieved thanks to the tremendous level of support from our on-site
team, and our continued partnership with Neath Port Talbot
“The majority of companies involved and those working on the
site are from the South Wales area. Indeed, the benefits of this
development to local businesses and to the community as a whole
have been a priority from the outset. We are confident that the
completion of this landmark project will add considerably to the
regeneration and reinvigoration of the entire area and will also
have a positive impact on the local community, both now and in the