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  • 240

    people supported into employment

  • 2020

    year completed

  • 1,000

    number of people using the office space

Town centre transformation to replace a derelict 1960s shopping centre


  • Mixed-use includes retail, leisure and library
  • 14,693 sq m of workspace
  • Public realm space next to river
  • Completes 2020
  • Major facility for council staff

Our Cardiff-based team have transformed the centre of Pontypridd with a modern mixed-used development that provides a headquarters of Transport for Wales, alongside a library, council customer contact point, plus a leisure and fitness centre.

Our work for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has delivered a flagship that replaces the 1960s era Taff Vale Shopping Centre with a stunning facility that comprises:

  • two new office blocks
  • striking gateway building incorporating a 21st century library
  • council customer contact point
  • cafe
  • community facilities
  • new leisure and fitness centre

Llys Cadwyn

The project was officially named Llys Cadwyn, or Chain Court, a name chosen to reflect the strong and proud industrial heritage of Rhondda Cynon Taf, and the world famous Brown Lenox chain works which were situated in the centre of Pontypridd during Wales’ industrial heyday.

The scheme has rejuvenated the area by reopening the river edge with an attractive riverside promenade, delivering substantial economic benefits that place Pontypridd as a strategically important town in the region by providing 14,693sqm of office space for over 1,000 people.

Distinctive look

The office buildings feature a curtain walling and a distinctive zinc cladding tile system. .

Neal Stephens, managing director of Willmott Dixon in Wales and the West, said: “This flagship project for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is a catalyst to further revitalise the strategically important town of Pontypridd.”

Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing:

“I’m delighted at today’s announcement that Llys Cadwyn has officially been delivered, with all construction works now complete and the third and final building handed over to the Council by contractor Willmott Dixon. The keys to 3 Llys Cadwyn have now been given to Transport for Wales, with the South Wales Metro operator establishing its new home in Pontypridd Town Centre from next month.
“Llys Cadwyn is at the heart of Pontypridd’s regeneration – bringing hundreds of jobs to the town, increasing footfall for existing businesses and breathing new life into a large strategic site that lay derelict for so long. It will be followed by the ongoing multi-million pound projects to revitalise the Pontypridd YMCA, the Muni Arts Centre and the former Bingo Hall, while nearby Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is already home to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty.
“I would like to thank the Willmott Dixon for its partnership in delivering Llys Cadwyn for Pontypridd. Its contribution to the town goes far further than just the three buildings – including invaluable work with local groups and schools, and the numerous job and training opportunities it has offered the community. The company is also donating staff time and resources to renovate the bowls pavilion at Ynysangharad Park, which was damaged by flooding in February.”

It’s the latest in a series of mixed-use developments Willmott Dixon are behind that are transforming town centres. In February, it secured a contract to build the £80 million Rochdale Riverside for a joint venture between Genr8 and Kajima in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council.