Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is working with Awen Cultural Trust and architects Purcell on an ambitious plan to revitalise Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre.
The plans would expose the Muni’s stunning gothic architecture while creating a unique regional arts venue, through a major refurbishment and restoration project. It would retain and enhance the Muni’s original features and heritage, ensuring it is fit for purpose and meets the local community’s needs.
Awen Cultural Trust is a registered charity established in 2015, with a unique focus on purely cultural activity. In June 2019, the Council agreed to enter formal negotiations with Awen as its preferred bidder to secure a sustainable and positive future for the Muni. Throughout the planning and development of the project we want to will involve a wide range of stakeholders and residents.
How can I get involved?
The Muni is such an important building for so many local people and groups and the Council wants to engage with the wider community as the plans are developed.
Stage 1 - Your memories!
As a starting point we would like residents to share stories and images of the Muni throughout its history. From when the Muni was used as a Wesleyan Chapel to recent times.
- Did you get married at the Muni when it was a Wesleyan Chapel?
- Do you or your parents remember the Muni as a Church?
- What other activities did you take part in at the Muni?
We would like you to share as many memories as possible. Please send your memories and any pictures to us by;
Stage 2 - Virtual Stakeholder Consultation
At the end of November we will be holding a number of short virtual workshops with key user groups who have or are likely to use the restored building. If you would like to take part please let us know.
Stage 3 - Virtual Public Consultation
In tandem with the stakeholder consultations, we will undertake a public consultation. Details will be placed here at the end of November.
Once these consultations are complete, we will review the information ahead of developing some more detailed design options, and the comments will inform the brief and programme of activities in the Muni.
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