Aim of Project:
To sensitively restore the derelict Grade II Listed Hydraulic
Pumphouse building, in order to bring it back into beneficial
September 2011 saw the completion of the
external restoration of Barry’s historic Hydraulic Pumphouse
building. The Grade II Listed Building is one of the few remaining
hydraulic Pumphouse building remaining in Wales. The building
formed part of Barry’s historic dock complex and remains an
important local landmark with its imposing 42 metre high
The external fabric of the landmark building
has been returned to its former glory after many years of
deterioration, having being derelict since the 1950s. This has been
facilitated through an £800,000 grant from the Welsh Government
matched by Council funding of £600,000 towards the cost of a circa
£1.4 million works. The works were undertaken by Wales’ based
contractor John Weaver Construction
Overseen by welsh conservation architects
practice Acanthus Holden the restoration has created the
opportunity to secure a new economic use for the Pumphouse, which
is the next key task for the Vale of Glamorgan Council and its
Welsh Government partners.
Well located at the west end of Barry
Waterfront close to Barry Town railway station the Pumphouse is
situated in the heart of the Innovation Quarter, a 19 acre mixed
use development site being facilitated by the Vale of Glamorgan
Council in partnership with the Welsh Government.
The restoration of the Pumphouse will be
complemented by the construction of a new, sustainably designed, 80
bed Premier Inn hotel and Brewers Fayre restaurant on the adjacent
triangle site, which began in February 2012. Additionally the
position of the Pumphouse is also set to benefit from the Phase 2
redevelopment of Barry Waterfront, for which the Vale council's
planning committee resolved to grant outline planning permission
for two planning applications subject to a legal agreement, in July
Vale Council Leader, Cllr Gordon Kemp,
commenting on the restoration of the Pumphouse, said:
"Protecting our built heritage is always very
important as it contributes so much to a local sense of place. I
welcome the completion of this contract as it has saved an historic
building that otherwise had a very uncertain future. I am also
pleased with the local employment and business benefits generated
during the works contract and the quality of workmanship”.
"The council is now committed to working with
the Welsh Government to bring the property back into economic use.
The delivery of this project owes much to the ongoing successful
working partnership of the council and Welsh Government at the
Minister for Housing, Regeneration and
Heritage, Huw Lewis, commented:
"The Pumphouse is a major piece of Barry’s
historic fabric. Its restoration will help people in the town take
pride in their heritage as we look forward to the regeneration of
"Restoration of the building is a prime
example of how built heritage can be a catalyst for regeneration.
Jobs were created as a result of the work and we now have a
fantastic property to house future ventures.
"I look forward to working with the Vale of
Glamorgan Council to see the Pumphouse brought back into use to
play a key role in Barry once again."
The council has recently
appointed Savills to market the site to find an appropriate end
The Pumphouse is well
located, adjacent to the Business Service Centre, in
Barry's Innovation Quarter.