One of Pontypridd’s oldest businesses has undergone a major facelift thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s successful town centre regeneration scheme.
Through the European-funded Townscape Enhancement Programme, where commercial property owners can receive funding of up to 70% renovation works, Café Royale on High Street has enjoyed a total makeover.
Owner Marco Orsi was awarded £18,653 funding to complement his own investment to renovate and upgrade the popular eatery in the centre of town. This funding contributed to the delivery of a high quality scheme, with unique design features, which have significantly enhanced the property, safeguarding it and making it more sustainable.
The old shop front has been replaced with a high quality glass surround incorporating images from both Mr Orsi’s Italian, and Welsh, roots. The upper floor windows have been replaced with quality timber and the front elevation of the property transformed with new wall surfaces, quality signage and feature lighting.
Mr Orsi explained, “My family has had a connection with Pontypridd for over a century, and Café Royale has been at the heart of the town since 1935.
“The investment through the Townscape Enhancement Programme will help our business to continue to be successful in the future, and underpins our commitment to a town that is changing for the better.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Safety Cllr Paul Cannon said: “Creating a visually attractive town centre has increased confidence in the town and encouraged private sector investment. This in turn is generating local employment opportunities, increasing the amount of visitors, creating stronger and more diverse businesses, and a vibrant and sustainable economic centre.
“Pontypridd Townscape Enhancement Programme is seen as an integral element of the physical regeneration of the town centre, delivering improvements to the fabric of properties and the town. The scheme continues to enhance commercial properties through high quality improvements, creating an attractive townscape.”
Pontypridd’s shopping streetscape has undergone a total overhaul following Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s securing of a funding package from the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund and Targeted Match Funding, plus private sector and Council contributions.