Locally based Mid-Wales Housing Association is delighted that one of its new developments in Newtown has been shortlisted for a national award.
The attractive town centre development at the old Teritorial Army and Magistrates building in Newtown now known as Glan y Dwr has been shortlisted for 'Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year' in the 24Housing Awards.
The scheme comprises a total of 13 flats and is being developed in two phases. Phase one of the development was the renovation of the former Teritorial Army building completed in March this year which comprises six one- and two-bedroom flats. Phase two of development will be the renovation of the former Magistrates' Court comprising seven one- and two-bedroom flats.
Feedback from the residents has been very positive, a resident who moved into one of the new homes earlier in the year said "I am very pleased with my new flat which is secure and has helped me to live independently. The flats are built to a good standard with spacious room sizes".
The Association is proud to be promoting local employment through this scheme. The terms of procurement required the contractor to employ 80% local labour and provide apprentice opportunities. In addition, significant elements of the houses, such as timber frames and many of the building materials were supplied by local companies.
The development has been designed to conserve and enhance local wildlife and includes significant bat mitigation measures. As the buildings are located within a conservation area, every effort has been made to retain the overall character and appearance of the original buildings.
Sian Howells, Director of New Business of Mid-Wales Housing said: "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work in partnership with a local developer to bring these historic buildings back into beneficial use and help to regenerate this area of the town centre. To be shortlisted for this prestigious award is an added bonus and we shall look forward to the awards ceremony in October at which the winner will be announced".