Matthew Davies of Davies Homes
A Pontypridd businessman has received funding of £50,000 to refurbish his premises thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s successful town centre regeneration scheme.
The extensive property on Gelliwastad Road is owned by property developer Mike Davies, who runs the business Davies Homes.
When he heard from fellow business people how successful the Council’s Townscape Enhancement Programme was to refurbish commercial properties, he made an application which resulted in him receiving a contribution of almost 70% towards the overall cost of the works.
Working closely with the Council’s Regeneration and Planning Team, the new business premises has been totally renovated and upgraded throughout.
The works entailed remedial works to the roof, replacing the timber sliding sash windows to the front of the property, and an extension to the rear increasing the overall commercial floor space.
Additionally, an important aspect of this project was the work involved reintroducing the stone bay to the front elevation. Re-creating this original feature has not only significantly enhanced the appearance of the building but also the entire street scene.
The successful project also resulted in the creation of a full time job.
Mr Davies said, “With the assistance of the grant we were able to extend and upgrade our office facilities whilst at the same allowing us to play our part in the Townscape Enhancement Programme by reinstating the front facade of our property to that of its original appearance.”
Through the Townscape Enhancement Programme, funding of up to 70% is being made available to commercial property owners. This is to enhance their properties through high quality improvements, creating an attractive townscape, and instilling a strong sense of pride and identity of Pontypridd for shoppers, residents and business people alike.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Safer Communities, Cllr Paul Cannon, said “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.
“Our work to attract the maximum amount of external funding into the county borough for such projects becomes particularly important in the coming years, as the impact of the UK Government’s spending cuts on our own budget continues to hit.”
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.
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