Former Neath Social Club Revived as Modern Homes
A Beacon of Community Development
A former social club in Neath that had become a derelict eyesore has been transformed into new homes. A former social club in Neath that had become a derelict eyesore has been transformed into new homes. The Neath Liberal Club on Orchard Street had become a target for vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Thirty-two flats have been built on the site by Life Property Group Ltd and Vaughan Construction Ltd, for Linc Cymru, a registered social landlord, with funding support from Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Programme.
The five-storey building includes communal solar PV panels and storage for mobility scooters and bicycles in the basement. The outside area has been landscaped and a bin storage area has been installed. The block is in the heart of Neath town Centre and a short walk from shops, bus stops, and the train station.
Sian Diaz, Development Director from Linc, said:
“We enjoyed working closely with the council to plan a building that looks great and makes local residents and businesses feel proud. Alongside bringing this building back to life we’ve worked with our contractor to bring lots of extra benefit during its construction. Three apprentices gained on-site experience and seven people enjoyed training and work experience. Our contractors hosted a visit from 48 students studying the built environment to see construction taking place up close.
“And with the rising price of energy we’ve installed technology that will heat water efficiently and use the solar panels to generate electricity. These and some other insulation work means residents will live in homes with an A-rating for energy efficiency.”
Councillor Alun Llewelyn, Neath Port Talbot Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety:
"I am pleased that we have been able to work closely with partners to transform a previously unoccupied building into new homes.
“As a council, we are committed to increasing the supply of quality, affordable, and low-carbon housing across the county borough.
“This development not only provides much-needed housing but also plays a key role in enhancing the look of the town centre.”
Stephen Hunt, Head of Neath Port Talbot Council, said:
"It has been a huge team effort by Linc Cymru Housing association, Life Property Group Ltd and Vaughan Construction Ltd. I am happy that they have recognised and identified Neath as somewhere to support housing especially for over 55's. Housing is critical in Wales and this development is not only in a wonderful location in the town but will add value to our economy and support Neath's plan to deliver on housing. I am very positive about this development and looking forward to working with Linc Cymru and their partners on future projects.”
Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, John Warman, said:
"This development is a significant benefit to the Centre of Neath, enhancing our community and bolstering local businesses day and night. The workers from Life Property Group Ltd and Vaughan Construction Ltd workers have gone out of their way to be considerate, and we are grateful for their efforts.”
This transformation of the Orchard Street site stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and community development, breathing new life into a once-neglected space. It sets a standard for future projects that aim to revitalise and strengthen our communities.
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