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Hi Guys,

Only my second post here so still getting used to this site so bear with me.

Also havent seen a Neath topic on here before so thought I'd add something a little different to this forum.

Well anyway I'm sure most of you are unaware that there is quite a lot of work going on in Neath town centre.

Here goes:

There's a new hotel being built right in the middle of the town centre which has a tidy sized crane adajacent to it to help with the building of this. {Updated - Will try to find a link for this at a later date}

Today has now welcomed the proposed plans from Neath Port Talbot Council to "Redevelop 1,000 acres of industrial land between Neath town centre and the River Neath" this would add business, leisure and residential developments into that part of the town. The link is as follows:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/7292928.stm

Also due to start is the £80m redevelopment of the town centre. This would start with the demolition of the old Civic Centre and would create up to 150,000 square feet of new shopping space which would include shops, restaurants, cafe bars, new car parking and a new library and museum." Link is as follows:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/7083813.stm

We also have a proposed development on the outskirts of the town called the "Coed Darcy Urban Village" which will be a development of 4000 homes, employment areas and open space covering 1,300 acres. Full link as follows:-

http://www.princes-foundation.org/index.php?id=171

Will add more later.
 

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Great news re: the redevelopment of the town centre, any new stores on their way?

BTW Coed Darcy has been discussed in the general Wales thread.
 

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Good news for Neath. I haven't been there for ages now but I've always liked Neath town centre. It's got everything you need packed into a compact area, and all accessible on foot.

tbh, I've never liked the design of the civic centre there. But, I do remember that the building won an architectural design award when it was built. How fashions and tastes change...

The riverside development can be very attractive indeed. I would like to see more done on regenerating the Neath Canal and its links to the surrounding areas. That could become a huge tourism asset in the future.
 

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Just saw this on the BBC website regarding a Neath town centre redevelopment.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_west/7752256.stm

"An "iconic" golden rugby ball-shaped museum, library and heritage centre has been unveiled as the centrepiece of an £80m development in Neath town centre.

It also includes shops, a multi storey car park, two new public squares, cafe and restaurant quarter and housing.

Businesses and residents are now being asked for their views on the scheme.

Developer Simons said it planned to start construction in 12 to 18 months when it said the economic climate would start to improve from the downturn.

The company has signed a development agreement with Neath Port Talbot Council for the site which includes land where the old civic centre stood.

The current 1960s multi-storey car park and Tesco building will also be demolished.

But Simons said it would retain the facades of the Victorian and Edwardian buildings in Wind Street and develop behind them.

Where to find development plans

Neath Civic Centre
DOVE Workshop, Banwen
Glynneath Training Centre
Pontardawe One Stop Shop, Holly Street
Feedback deadline 19 January

The company is currently redeveloping town centre sites in Carmarthen, Wakefield near Leeds and Witney in Oxfordshire.

Developments director Mark Newton said: "These are challenging times but we see it as an opportunity.

"Lots of developers and local authorities are shelving their schemes or putting them on ice but we think the clever money is on getting schemes ready for when we come out of the economic downturn.

"The scheme won't happen overnight but we are confident we can make a step change for the town centre."

The company said in towns and cities across Europe new iconic architecture was being used to lead regeneration.

It said the museum building would be 'iconic' and instantly identifiable with Neath.

As part of the public consultation the company has launched a website to encourage feedback.

The plans will also go on show at venues throughout the area.

Council leader Derek Vaughan said: "I am really excited about these plans which will provide a tremendous boost to the town whilst retaining its unique historic character.

"We want to know what the public and local businesses think about the proposals - no final decision will be made until we've gathered everyone's views." "
 

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there's a new boutique hotel opened in neath recently and has had some excellent reviews, maybe called the bluebell :cheers:
 

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Design unveiled for fire-hit hall



Plans for the future of a Victorian hall devastated by fire have gone on show.

Architects say the contemporary design will complement what was saved of the Gwyn Hall in Neath following the blaze in October 2007.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/7770873.stm
 

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Next phase of the Gwyn Hall

Neath Port Talbot CBC 01.04.2010

The next phase of the redevelopment of the Gwyn Hall is set to get underway.

Morgan Ashurst has just been appointed as the main building contractor for the project which will see the historic venue redeveloped into a new modern arts and cultural venue, whilst retaining its original facade.

The contractor will be on site later this month to re-locate hoardings around the building. These will be placed half way across Orchard Street to allow the redevelopment work to take place safely. It will mean that there will be restricted access for vehicles in this area whilst the works to the building are carried out. The contractor will meet with local traders nearby to discuss traffic management issues.

A 'meet the buyer' event will be held locally where local sub-contractors and suppliers will be able to meet the Morgan Ashurst team and discuss opportunities for work on the Gwyn Hall project or any other project that could provide potential job opportunities. Information on the event will be available shortly and local businesses will be encouraged to attend.

Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said, "I am really pleased that the next phase of this work is about to start. The council made a commitment last year to re-build the Gwyn Hall, which has been at the heart of the local community for many years. Once complete the people of Neath Port Talbot will have a cultural and arts venue to be proud of. I sincerely hope local businesses will take the opportunity to attend the 'meet the buyer' event"

Tom Davies, Morgan Ashurst's operations manager says: "We're thrilled to be part of this exciting project which will bring this historical landmark back to life. While we will be creating a state-of-the-art centre the rich history of the hall will be retained - including its Grade II listed facade."

He adds: "We can't wait to start work and hope the local community will enjoy tracking the project's progress over the coming months."

The project has been designed to retain its position as a landmark building in the heart of the town and many of its original features will be retained or restored.

Works will include a major theatre on the ground floor but modern design will include retractable seating and an up-to-date stage,which will enable the venue to be used for a variety of different functions.

A cinema will be included and a range of other facilities will be added including a cafe.

The hall will be designed to be fully inclusive for people of all abilities and ages and will be easy to navigate with technologies employed wherever possible to enhance the experience of audience, performers and staff alike.

The designers are also aiming for a high Energy Performance rating. The building will be highly insulated and secondary glazing applied alongside the re-instated single glazed original windows. Special vents will allow for much of the building to be ventilated reducing the energy consumption and running costs of the building overall.
 

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Evening Post: New £7m centre is rising from ashes of Neath's Gwyn Hall

A NEW centre will rise from the ruins of Neath's Gwyn Hall this autumn, four years after a fire reduced it to a burned-out shell.

Workmen are still on target with a £7 million restoration project, despite problems caused by the weather.

And the opening will be marked with a series of small-scale events leading up to Christmas, with a grand ceremony likely to follow early in 2012.

Contractor Morgan Sindall has resumed work after the Christmas break.

The main building is now weathertight and construction of the rear extension housing the theatre changing rooms, toilets and staircase is due to start next week.

Council head of property and regeneration Gareth Nutt said: "The main auditorium is not weathertight because the roof is not on yet. Work can start inside once it is. This will begin with internal partitioning, and mechanical and electrical works.

"External wall and window repairs are ongoing, and the roof slating will also begin soon."

The Gwyn Hall was built in Orchard Street at a cost of £6,000 in the 1880s.

It was named after Neath dignitary Howell Gwyn, who donated the land.

Disaster

Over the years, it was used for council meetings and as a cultural venue before closing for restoration in 2006.

It was the following year that disaster struck.

More than 60 firefighters from across South West Wales battled to save the hall on October 18, 2007, after a blaze broke out just weeks before the £4 million overhaul was due to be completed. The cause remains unknown but arson was ruled out some time ago.

When work is finished, the council has said the hall will boast a 400-seat community theatre, 140-capacity studio venue, 70-seat cinema and café.

Mr Nutt said the council was planning a programme of events for when it opened.

"We will probably have several smaller events to begin with, to test the equipment because it is a very sophisticated auditorium.

"After that we are looking at some form of official opening but that is still in the early stages."

But while work continues at the Gwyn Hall, the restoration of another of Neath's town centre jewels is drawing to a close.

Victoria Gardens will be opening soon following a £1.4 million polish which has seen some of its original features reinstated or restored.

"We are also working hard on the town centre redevelopment but we think that is going to take longer, bearing in mind the current economic climate," added Mr Nutt.

Council leader Ali Thomas said: "The Gwyn Hall is another piece of the jigsaw of the redevelopment of Neath, and I am pleased to see the rebuild progressing well.

"Although economic circumstances are slowing up redevelopment plans, officers are still working very hard on the project.

"I am also pleased to see that the reopening of Victoria Gardens is imminent."
 

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We are covering the Coed Darcy site with our Drone Photography services. The project looks fantastic although very large so look forward to taking more aerial drone photographs of its progress.
 

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Port Talbot Plaza: Cinema redevelopment plans backed

26/9/2019



Plans to breathe new life into a derelict cinema left empty for 20 years have been backed by councillors.

The YMCA wants to run the Grade II-listed Plaza in Port Talbot as a community and business hub with a cafe, hall, gym and meeting rooms.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49839061
 
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