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Significant improvements to the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park have been completed by the Council’s contractor for the Llys Cadwyn development, as part of a community legacy initiative.

Llys Cadwyn, the major office-led mixed-use development on the former Taff Vale site, is being delivered by Willmott Dixon. The Pontypridd town centre site continues to be transformed through the construction of three distinctive buildings, while work has recently started on a new footbridge linking Llys Cadwyn to Ynysangharad Park to create an important pedestrian link.

As part of its social value strategy, Willmott Dixon aims to give something back to the communities in which it has worked – and, in consultation with the Council, a shortlist of local projects was put forward for consideration. External improvements to the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad Park, working closely with members of the local Friends of the Park community group, were agreed.

Volunteers from Willmott Dixon and its supply chain, along with members of the local community, began the improvement works at the end of June 2019.

Works to the front elevation have included cleaning gutters, repairing missing brickwork, painting and jet washing, and restoring windows. Gutters were also cleaned and repaired on the rear elevation, with the windows restored. Park benches, gates and bins have also been redecorated in nearby green areas.

The project represents an estimated £21,500 investment, including more than £3,100 of materials donated. The total figure also includes 431 work hours given by Willmott Dixon staff, along with 146 hours from supply chain staff.

Llys Cadwyn has benefitted from £10m funding from the Welsh Government, including a £7m contribution from the European Regional Development Fund.

The project will bring hundreds of jobs to Pontypridd, and the strategic site back into use. South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales will be based at Number 1 Llys Cadwyn (near Gas Road Car Park). Number 2 Llys Cadwyn (centre) will include Grade A office floorspace and a food/drink unit, while Number 3 Llys Cadwyn (nearest Bridge Street) will incorporate a 21st Century library, Council customer contact point and state-of-the-art leisure/fitness centre. 

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “These improvements will make a real difference to the many people who enjoy using the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park – and I’m very grateful to Willmott Dixon for making this project possible.

“Llys Cadwyn will create an important lasting legacy for Pontypridd, and the bowls pavilion project was a fantastic gesture by Willmott Dixon to deliver another scheme locally. The work was completed by a team of volunteers using donated materials – and a big thank you goes to everyone involved.”

Neal Stephens, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Wales and The West, said: “The team at Llys Cadwyn was delighted to be able to complete the improvements to the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. At Willmott Dixon we believe that we have a purpose beyond profit, and community investment has been part of our culture since our business was established in 1852.

“We hope that these improvements will help protect the facilities for the local community for many years to come.”

Posted on Wednesday 7th August 2019

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