18th February 2019
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Ty’r Orsaf, involving the complete demolition and breath-taking rejuvenation of Port Talbot Police station, was recently completed by Morganstone and handed over to the client, Pobl.
The development now comprises of a striking three storey collection of 30 affordable apartments and three ground floor commercial units. The building fronts directly onto the new pedestrian walkway which connects the new transport hub to the town centre.
Port Talbot Police Station, built in the 1960s, was becoming rundown and was occupying a key site that needed to be redeveloped as a critical part of Neath Port Talbot’s regeneration agenda. The transformation of the previously dated building has been a cornerstone of the modernisation of the whole transport hub area and has played a crucial role in creating long term prospects in Port Talbot. The regeneration programme for Neath Port Talbot will see over £35 million invested in the transport hub and town centre.
Ty’r Orsaf was supported by the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places capital programme which was created specifically to contribute towards regeneration schemes in town centres, coastal communities and Communities First areas.
The new residential units within the area will give the residents close access to jobs in and around the town centre whilst the commercial units within the development will make a direct contribution to creating retail jobs in the area. As the new set of apartments are situated directly on top of the newly developed Port Talbot Transport Hub, the development is also set to create more job opportunities for its new residents by providing easy access to public transport that will allow them to travel to job opportunities outside of the immediate area.
During construction, Morganstone engaged extensively with local residents and stakeholders within the area to make sure that the community benefitted from the development. Morganstone strived to ensure that the project would be well-received by the community and this was highlighted by the company’s relationship with Port Talbot Mosque. The relationship included a poster competition for the children of the Mosque and a donation towards a new Wudhu area.
In reference to Morganstone’s work with the Mosque, Councillor Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: “The development at the former Port Talbot Police Station is part of a modernisation of this part of Port Talbot which is progressing well and it’s good to see contractors supporting the local community.”
Morganstone is extremely proud of this finalised project and feels privileged to play a key role in such an influential part of the wider regeneration of Port Talbot.