Pumphouse commended at prestigious awards ceremony

07 December 2015

The restoration of Barry’s historic Pumphouse has been “highly commended” by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Cymru at their annual awards ceremony.


Pumphouse CompletionThe commendation was awarded jointly to developer DS Properties, planning consultants White Young Green and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.


The iconic Pumphouse is the centrepiece of the Barry Waterfront Innovation Quarter, a 19-acre site at the centre of the former docks which is being regenerated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government. The acclaim of the national planning body comes only days after it was announced that the building would be home to the first restaurant opened by local street food phenomenon Hang Fire Smokehouse.  


Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, praised the Pumphouse’s latest success and paid tribute to those behind the project: “The award is wonderful news for all involved and illustrates how the public and private sectors can work together to the benefit of communities.


“DS Properties and their design team have worked diligently to renovate this historic building in line with the Council’s vision for the Innovation Quarter. This is a truly sustainable conversion, bringing back into use a local landmark that was a derelict structure as recently as four years ago.” 


The external restoration of the Pumphouse, by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government, was completed in 2011.


It 2014 local developer DS Properties began the internal renovation and the conversion of the grade II Listed building into 15 live/work apartments the three commercial ground floor spaces, one of which will house the eagerly awaited Hang Fire Smokehouse venture.


Simon Baston, Managing Director of DS Properties, said “DS Properties is very proud of winning the RTPI award for the Pumphouse.  This has been a very exciting project to be involved with and it gives me great personal pleasure seeing this important part of Barry’s industrial heritage brought back to life. 


“This has been a challenging and complex project that could not have been completed had it not been for the strong team ethic created between DS Properties, our consultants, and Vale of Glamorgan Council.”