The Council will begin major work to demolish two key buildings in Porth Town Centre to enable the future Transport Hub and Station Quarter, as part of the wider Porth Regeneration Strategy.
Work will begin to demolish the former Barclays Bank and Alec Jones Day Centre buildings on Station Street – from Monday, January 13. The Council has appointed Bond Demolition Ltd as the contractor responsible for carrying out the demolition work, which is due for completion during March 2020.
Last year, Cabinet Members agreed a major strategy to regenerate Porth Town Centre following a public consultation. At the heart of the strategy is a modern Transport Hub and Station Quarter on a 1,700sq/m site, to vastly improve connectivity. It will include a bus interchange, taxi rank and cycle stores, while a new ticketing system will link all journeys across bus and rail. This system will be implemented when the Transport Hub and Station Quarter in Porth, and the wider South Wales Metro, is operational in the future.
The wider strategy includes developing Porth Plaza as a community hub, the extension of the Town Centre Maintenance Grant which will contribute to creating a more attractive street scene, the redevelopment of the old Porth Junior School site and exploring new parking opportunities. The Council recently announced the start of a scheme, from January 6, to convert unused land off Rheola Road into 29 parking spaces.
Demolition of the former Barclays Bank and Alec Jones Day Centre buildings will begin on January 13, with site work hours operating from 8am to 6pm on weekdays. Some weekend work may be required as the scheme progresses.
There will be no road closures associated with this work, while there will be minimal disruption to the Town Centre – which will remain open as usual. There will be some noise disruption due to the building demolition, and there is likely to be some additional movement of lorry traffic to and from the site.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “Cabinet last year agreed a major Regeneration Strategy for Porth to improve the street scene, increase parking, bring unoccupied buildings into use and – via a new Transport Hub and Station Quarter – improve access to public transport, taking advantage of Porth’s location as the gateway to Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach.
“Porth is one of the Council’s principal towns, and the public consultation exercise carried out in late 2018 showed there is important local support for the Regeneration Strategy – to improve and revitalise the Town Centre.
“Improving connectivity is right at the heart of this Strategy, to directly tackle existing challenges – such as a lack of integration between bus and rail services. Passengers must also currently pay separately for bus and train journeys which this scheme in Porth, along with the South Wales Metro, will change in the future. With the Metro set to bring better infrastructure and improved services by 2023, this development will ensure that Porth’s residents and commuters will be able to access it fully.
“I’m pleased that the first major work on site to deliver the Transport Hub and Station Quarter is about to begin, with the demolition work at Station Street. It will unlock a 1,700sq/m site, and reaffirm the Council’s commitment to making this scheme, as well as the wider regeneration of Porth, a reality.”
Posted on Thursday 9th January 2020