Members of the Public Service Delivery, Communities and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee have visited the Llys Cadwyn development in Pontypridd, to see the excellent progress being made as the site continues to transform.
The development, on the former Taff Vale site, was officially renamed Llys Cadwyn (Chain Court) during an event attended by the First Minister of Wales in March 2019. The official name is intended to reflect the proud heritage of Rhondda Cynon Taf, and the world-famous Brown Lenox chain works which were based in Pontypridd.
On Monday, May 13, the Public Service Delivery, Communities and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee visited Llys Cadwyn, as Members saw for themselves the rapid progress being made on site by the Council’s contractor Willmott Dixon.
Llys Cadwyn is vital to revitalise a strategic site at the gateway to Pontypridd, which lay derelict for years following Taff Vale Shopping Centre’s closure and several failed redevelopments attempts by the private sector. The Council’s plans comprise three buildings in an office-led, mixed use development.
South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales will be based at Number 1 Llys Cadwyn (the building nearest Gas Road Car Park) – bringing hundreds of jobs to Pontypridd. Number 2 Llys Cadwyn (the centre building) will include grade A office floorspace and one food/drink unit, while 3 Llys Cadwyn (nearest Bridge Street) will be a gateway building incorporating a 21st Century library, Council customer contact point and a state-of-the-art leisure/fitness centre.
A new footbridge will also be constructed to provide a new pedestrian link into Ynysangharad War Memorial Park from Llys Cadwyn and upper Taff Street. Works to construct the footbridge are due to get underway during June 2019.
Councillor Steven Bradwick, Chair of the Council’s Public Service Delivery, Communities and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee, said: “I’m pleased that Committee Members were offered the opportunity to visit Llys Cadwyn, which is a flagship project for the Council to revitalise strategic land at the heart of Pontypridd Town Centre, with the potential to bring significant employment opportunities, and increased footfall for the benefit of businesses.
“Regular visitors to Pontypridd will have seen Llys Cadwyn transform over the recent weeks and months, and it was great for the Committee to see the progress of the development up close. Members will continue to work closely with Council Officers throughout the delivery of this important project.”
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, added: “It’s fantastic to see the continued progress of Llys Cadwyn, which is now beyond the half-way mark as the Council delivers on its commitment to making this project a reality. It’s great how far we’ve come since works begun in January 2018 – and indeed, since the Council became the site’s outright owner in April 2015.
“Securing Transport for Wales to be based at Llys Cadwyn was a massive boost to the project, and the Council continues to speak with interested parties about additional tenancy opportunities within the development. There are a number of future projects in the pipeline for Pontypridd, which was identified as a Strategic Opportunity Area by the Council with the potential for economic growth and development – with Llys Cadwyn at its heart.”
Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2019