People, Places, Business

Neath Multi Progress

Neath’s new multi-storey car park is taking shape

Local Councillors have visited the site of the new multi storey car park in Neath to view progress on the construction of the first phase of the town centre redevelopment.

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This first phase includes the 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 24,000 sq.ft. retail unit which will be constructed alongside the car park.

Structural steelwork is now complete and external cladding work is underway, carried out by local company Avon Sheeting, based at Baglan Industrial Estate. This work will be ongoing for a couple of months, followed by completion of the staircase towers.

The car park’s internal ceilings and steelwork are currently being painted, and electrical installation work is due to start. Briton Ferry based Phase 3 Electrical have been contracted to do this work.

The concrete floor slab for the retail unit will also be completed in the next few weeks.

The construction of the car park is due for completion in August and the existing multi-storey car park will remain in place until the new facility is open.

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 is 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 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 OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “I'm delighted to see such excellent progress being made on this very exciting project, which will provide first class facilities for shoppers and visitors to Neath.

“I am particularly pleased to learn that Kier have been able to use so many local companies and suppliers during the construction, bringing much welcomed business into the community.”

Richard Bunn, Project Manager for Kier Construction said: “We are very excited to be working with Neath Port Talbot Council on this great project, and have been extremely pleased with the quality of the local suppliers and contractors used on the scheme.

“We will certainly be looking to use them again on future projects.”