Pumphouse Latest Milestone in Barry Regeneration
21 October 2015
The regeneration of Barry reached another milestone this week as the Vale of Glamorgan Council celebrated the completion of the town’s famous Pumphouse.
Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration paid tribute the vision and hard work of all those involved in realising the project saying, “This is an excellent example of public and private partnership coming together for the benefit of the town of Barry.”
She added, “Few people could have failed to notice the recent improvements to the town’s built environment, bringing back to life buildings that played such an important part in Barry’s rich history. This really is an occasion for the people of Barry to celebrate. It was fitting that Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and local AM Jane Hutt were able to join us to mark this wonderful occasion and I know how much they enjoyed witnessing at first hand the new facilities including the water sports area at Barry’s former No 1 dock and the latest phase of the Waterfront housing development.”
Closing Councillor Burnett said, “The transformation of Barry’s former docks must be one of the finest examples of urban regeneration in the country.”
Sitting at the heart of the town’s Innovation Quarter, the Pumphouse has benefited from an imaginative £2M conversion by local developer DS Properties. This follows an earlier investment of £1.6m by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government in 2011/12 that saved the historic building, which at the time was derelict. The renovation is bringing the once derelict nineteenth century local landmark back to life and will provide a setting for restaurants and leisure facilities, as well as Barry’s first live/work apartments.
Sitting at the heart of the town’s Innovation Quarter, the Pumphouse has been completed remodelled by the developer DS Properties following a £1.6m investment by the Vale Council in 2013. The renovation is bringing back to life the once derelict nineteenth century local landmark and will provide a setting for restaurants and leisure facilities, as well as Barry’s first live/work apartments.
Run by the Ocean Watersports Trust, the water sports centre will soon provide a facility that will allow everyone to enjoy sailing and other pursuits on the open water.
The latest aspect of the £230 million Waterfront project is a blend of private and affordable housing being built by Persimmon Homes, which will complement the cafes, restaurants, play areas and public spaces currently being cultivated.
The three projects are all the result of partnerships between the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Welsh Government, community groups and private developers.