Pontypridd’s Llys Cadwyn development has this week reached a major landmark as contractor Willmott Dixon will hand over the first building to the Council tomorrow, in accordance with the agreed programme – and it will open to the public in a matter of weeks.
Council Leader Councillor Andrew Morgan and Cabinet Member Councillor Robert Bevan visited the Pontypridd Town Centre site to mark the handover of 1 Llys Cadwyn on Wednesday, February 12, where they met Willmott Dixon’s Managing Director Neal Stephens and Operations Manager Dave John.
The new structure will be a gateway building to Pontypridd and will be run by the Council. It will include a 21st Century library, Council customer contact point and state-of-the-art fitness centre – which will support Leisure for Life membership and have an 80-station gym, group cycling and fitness studio.
With the building due to be handed to the Council, work will now turn to installing equipment and completing important connections, including IT – in readiness for the building to be populated.
The first event at 1 Llys Cadwyn will take place on Wednesday, February 26, as the state-of-the-art building hosts a Jobs Fair and Meet the Buyer event. The building is scheduled to fully-open to members of the public by April 2020 – including the fitness centre, customer contact centre and library.
The wider Llys Cadwyn development comprises of three buildings. South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales will be based at 3 Llys Cadwyn (nearest Gas Road Car Park) – and the rail operator recently signed the terms of the lease to occupy the building later this year. The central building, 2 Llys Cadwyn, will include Grade-A office floorspace and a food/drink unit.
The Council has benefitted from a significant £10m investment from the European Regional Development Fund, through Welsh Government’s £110m Building for the Future programme, to help deliver Llys Cadwyn.
A new footbridge from Llys Cadwyn to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is also making excellent progress in its construction phase. There will be increased activity at the works site in February and March 2020 to install the structure, which is being delivered by contractor Knights Brown and has been built off-site by their sub-contractor Centre Great.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “I was very pleased to visit 1 Llys Cadwyn this week, to mark the handing over of the building to the Council, as Willmott Dixon completes the construction phase on schedule. This is a huge landmark for the overall development, and represents an incredibly-exciting future and the changing face of Pontypridd.
“The building is very impressive, providing a state-of-the-art venue with significant spaces for the Council services that will be located here – including a brand new gym, library and customer contact point. Residents will be able to see inside of this building for the first time on February 26 for the Jobs Fair event – and the official opening of the building will follow shortly afterwards.
“Llys Cadwyn represents the ambition and success of this Council to invest in the very latest facilities and infrastructure, for the benefit of residents – while also creating economic growth and prosperity for Rhondda Cynon Taf. Llys Cadwyn will be a huge boost to Pontypridd and the surrounding areas, bringing hundreds of jobs to the town and increased footfall for the retail area.”
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, added: “Llys Cadwyn promises to be a brilliant asset for Pontypridd, and has already revitalised this strategic site in the Town Centre – which lay derelict for many years. The development will bring a huge economic boost to existing businesses, and is just one of the exciting projects being delivered locally in the near future – including the investment in and reopening of the Muni Arts Centre and Pontypridd YMCA.
“In 2017, this Council’s Cabinet Members identified Pontypridd as a Strategic Opportunity Area with huge potential for economic growth – and we are now starting to see the results of our focused Regeneration investment. Pontypridd is also ideally-placed to benefit from the City Deal and South Wales Metro – including better infrastructure and more frequent railway services by 2023.
“The completion of 1 Llys Cadwyn represents a huge landmark for the wider development, as we make this much-anticipated project a reality. I’d like to thank Willmott Dixon for delivering this building, and for their continued community engagement as they help us create a legacy for Pontypridd.”
Neal Stephens, Managing Director Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to handover 1 Llys Cadwyn to the Council. Delivering the first building on time and to the highest quality is a testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved.
“We know that the new facility will have a lasting impact on the town and its residents, and we look forward to handing over the remaining two buildings which will complete the transformation of the area.
“In addition to the building, we are proud that the project has also had a positive impact on the local economy, with over 50% of the project spend and the people working on it coming from within a 20-mile radius of the project.”