Progress Continues on Conversion of Historic Pumphouse
Published 15 July 2015
The Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council was recently given a tour of the well advanced and extensive renovation work that continues on one of Wales few remaining hydraulic pumping houses on Barry Waterfront.
Following the visit Cllr Moore praised the innovative regeneration project by the Developer DS Properties which has obtained a long lease of the Pumphouse from the Vale of Glamorgan Council. This work is bringing the once derelict 19 Century local landmark back to life though an investment project worth £2 million.
Construction workers have created a new upper floor to the building and subdivided the upper area to create 15 new live/work units. Meanwhile the ground floor is being sub divided to create accommodation for several commercial uses. Work is also soon to begin on a new pedestrian plaza and outside seating areas that will create a high quality environment in the heart of the Innovation Quarter. This will add yet another new feature to the developing Waterfront community, while creating 30 new jobs during the construction phase. When completed the developer anticipates up to 60 new jobs could be generated in the businesses within the finished building.
While visiting the site Cllr Neil Moore, who was accompanied by Cllr Lis Burnett, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Rob Thomas the Council’s Managing Director, commented: “It is extremely encouraging to see at first hand the amount of private investment that is going into this project and also the colossal amount of hard work that is being carried out in taking this restoration work forward.
“I am pleased to say that the Council has worked very closely with DS Properties to help protect and enhance this historic property, which remains a very important part of Barry’s and Wales’ industrial heritage.
“This is an appropriate, creative and innovative way of regenerating an old building and bringing it back to life, which meets the needs and uses of a modern audience. When finished the Pumphouse will further contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the area and should act as a catalyst for further investment in the Waterfront.”
Simon Baston of DS Properties said: “Converting old buildings, especially listed properties is always an enormous challenge, but they offer the exciting opportunity to create totally unique and inspirational places and spaces for people to live, work in and visit.
“This is the case with the Pumphouse, where after six months of works we are now starting to see the fruits of our hard work and investment. I am very confident that when completed we will have saved the property for many generations and established the Pumphouse as an inspirational and iconic venue that will play a key part in the revitalisation of Barry’s Waterfront.
“DS Properties has also been delivering on our commitment of working with the Council to promote local regeneration and we have sourced the majority of our labour and materials from South Wales. Our team is made up mostly of construction workers from South Wales and thanks to their craftsmanship and local commitment to the project we will end up with this wonderful iconic building being enhanced to a high quality. When completed I am sure the refurbished Pumphouse will stand out as an iconic property that we can all be proud of.”