The Cardiff Property Awards took place in March 2021 and our Llys Cadwyn development in Pontypridd was recognised as the ‘Transformation’ winner and the overall 'Winner of Winners'.
Handed over in 2020 to Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, the project involved the deliver of three buildings:
Building A and B – Office space, including a new home for Transport for Wales
Building C – A futuristic grey finished curved building, including library space, fitness facilities and a multi-function space for hire. A café is provided for the benefit of the building’s patrons.
Designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the project includes PV’s on the roofs of building A and B, the use of variable refrigerant flow air source heat pumps, and one of the first hydrogen fuel cell CHP (Combined Heat and Power) systems in Wales, to generate heat and electricity for Building C.
The project delivered over 3,987 weeks of training opportunities which included 834 weeks of training for long-term unemployed, 957 apprentice weeks and 201 weeks of work experience. 67% of the people working on site were from within a 40-mile radius of the project and over 60% of our spend was within a 20-mile radius of the project. In total the project delivered £12.6m social return on investment.
The Cardiff Property Award judges said:
“Completely transformed the centre of Pontypridd and has been a social catalyst for positive change, delivering over 3,900 weeks of training and employment opportunities and over 8 million social value return on investment. A masterclass in property usage.”