New Homes Nominated For National Building Excellence Awards

Mid-Wales Housing is delighted that phase one of its new Glan-y-Dwr development in Newtown, formerly the old Territorial Army building, has been nominated for Best Social or Affordable Housing in the finals of the LABC South Wales Building Excellence Awards.

Powys County Council nominated the development for the award which recognises good design, affordability, security and accessibility.

This is the second time this scheme has been recognised for a national award having recently been shortlisted for 'Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year' in the 24Housing Awards.

The announcement of this nomination coincides with the first residents moving into phase two of the development, formerly the old Magistrates' Court. Residents who are looking forward to moving into their new home said: "The flat will makes such a difference to my life as I currently find it difficult to get out and about, it is so accessible and a lovely location by the riverside. The rooms have great character features including high ceilings and deep windowsills which I love. I am very much looking forward to moving into my new home in such a great location".

The first two phases developed by Mid-Wales Property Ltd comprise a total of 13 flats. Phase one was the renovation of the former Territorial Army building, completed in March last year, and phase two, the renovation of the former Magistrates' Court completed recently. The development cost in the region of £1.4 million and was part-funded by £720,000 of Welsh Government Social Housing and Smaller Homes Grants with the remainder funded by Mid-Wales Housing Association. Loan funding has also been arranged with Powys County Council from its Town Centre Regeneration fund.

The properties are being built to a very high standard to meet the Welsh Government's Development Quality Requirements, Life Time Homes and Secured by Design Standards. The buildings are located within a conservation area and every effort has been made to retain the overall character and appearance of the original buildings. This includes retaining original external features and window openings and using materials that are sympathetic to the original building. The development has also been designed to conserve and enhance local wildlife.

Sian Howells, Director of New Business of Mid-Wales Housing said: "We are delighted that residents are enjoying living in their new homes and that the scheme has been nominated for these prestigious awards. It is always satisfying when we get the opportunity to bring historic buildings back into beneficial use in this way as well as help to regenerate an area of the town centre. Also, it has been a pleasure to work in partnership with a local developer, Mid-Wales Property Ltd and use local labour and suppliers in the process. However, what is important to us is that we are continuing to provide good quality housing for local people which they will enjoy for many years to come".

Work will commence on the third and final phase of this scheme, a new-build development on vacant land between the former Magistrates' Court and Regent Cinema, in February this year. This phase will provide a further twelve two-bedroom flats over four floors and will include a fully wheelchair accessible flat on the ground floor. The third phase of the development is due for completion by summer 2018.