Two Vale regeneration projects up for national planning award
14 September 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan boasts two of Wales’ best examples of town planning, it was announced this week.
The Vale Council’s Eastern Promenade Regeneration Project and the ongoing redevelopment of the hydraulic Pump House in Barry Waterfront have both been shortlisted for a prestigious national planning award.
The Council-led regeneration project at Barry Island, also shortlisted for a UK award earlier this year has been named as one of nine finalists for the RTPI Wales Planning Award 2015.
The widely praised regeneration project has transformed the iconic seaside resort of Barry Island through the renovation of the eastern shelter and promenade. The work has brought easier access to the promenade and eastern beach, and a new water mist feature in the shape of ammonite fossils built below a covered events area. The most frequent praise has been reserved for the traversing wall designed by artist Gordon Young, and the sets of colourful beach huts, which are available for hire all year round.
The project has garnered wide coverage since its completion, being featured on ITV’s Coast and Country, BBC’s The One Show, and on various news broadcasts.
The conversion and renovation of the Hydraulic Pump House in Barry Waterfront, has also been shortlisted. One of Wales’ few remaining pumping houses and dating back to the 1880s the building and its imposing chimney is an iconic landmark in Barry’s Waterfront. The renovation is a sensitive, high quality conversion of a grade II listed building and includes the creation of 15 new live/work/residential units on an upper floor, while the ground floor is being divided to create several commercial units. A new pedestrian plaza and outside seating areas will also be constructed as the works near completion.
The innovative conversion of the former industrial property is a flagship scheme within the Innovation Quarter. It is being delivered by local developer DS Properties, as part of the £30million joint venture between the Vale Council and Welsh Government that has also brought a hotel, family restaurant, medical centre, business premises, and a training centre to the town’s former docks.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “For the Vale to have not just one but two separate projects shortlisted for this prestigious award highlights just how much regeneration work is underway. The rejuvenation of Barry Island has been a particular success and I am delighted to see the project shortlisted for yet another award.
“The media attention that the resort attracted over the summer season has proved that it is now well and truly back on the map as a first class destination. This is due, in no small part, to the transformation brought about by the Eastern Promenade Regeneration Project.
“What is most pleasing, however, is that the regeneration of the area is set to continue. The renovation of the Pump House, a project that the Council is delighted to have been a part of and which is also shortlisted, is due to be completed soon. And there is much more to come.”
Promoted and administered by RTPI Cymru, the purpose of the Wales Planning Awards is to recognise, applaud and publicise examples of good planning practice in Wales. The winner will be announced at the RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner held on Friday 27 November at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.