Huw Lewis AM, the Welsh Government’s Housing Minister joined Llanelli MP, Nia Griffith, to visit Grwp Gwalia’s Buckley Brewery phase three development, which is part of the Welsh Government’s investment in affordable housing, which is also helping to boost the economy in West Wales.
The scheme which is due to be completed in November 2012 includes the refurbishment of an existing building, once the Brewery offices, to provide four spacious apartments along the riverside walkway. The new-build element will house 8 apartments. The £1.15m project has been supported with almost £640,000 of Social Housing Grant from the Welsh Government.
Stuart Davies, Gwalia’s Executive Director for Property and Development
explained “ Local construction company Tycroes Group Ltd are the main contractors for the site which currently employs 50 people, including three apprentices as part of the Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association scheme. In addition, over 90% of the construction supply chain including subcontractors and materials is sourced from within a 20 mile radius of the site.”
Nia Griffith MP said, “As well as providing homes and local construction jobs, this renovation will enhance the area. I’m also pleased to hear that the flats are highly energy efficient, which will help tenants keep their energy bills down, and reduce emissions.”
The Minister said, “This development is an excellent example of how investment in housing is about so much more than bricks and mortar. Not only will these homes provide a roof over people’s heads, but the scheme is providing a major boost to the local economy, employing dozens of people directly and using many more local contractors as well as providing training opportunities for young people. It clearly demonstrates that our funding contributes far more than just its monetary value.”