Seven developments in Wales to know this month


Developers are embarking on projects across the country as Wales emerges from the pandemic.

From a new investment by an adventure brand to house projects on a site left empty for 13 years, the projects are helping to revive the economy.

Here we present seven programs from across Wales that have made progress over the past month.

Reborn from the ashes

Anwyl Partnerships has delivered a housing project for over 55 years that transformed the site of the former Grange Hotel in Rhyl, creating 41 new homes

Residents are moving into a new development 13 years after a fire ravaged the old hotel on the site.

Anwyl Partnerships has completed a housing project for more than 55 years that transformed the site of the old Grange Hotel in Rhyl, creating 41 new homes.

It was delivered for Wales & West Housing under a £ 5.1million contract.

The old Grange hotel was badly damaged by fire in 2008, with the site finally being cleaned up in 2017, having been condemned and abandoned.

More on the project here.

Adventure business investment

Tour Coaster at Zip World Tower

Zip World has unveiled a new roller coaster at its Zip World Tower attraction in the Cynon Valley.

It launched Zip World Tower at the former Tower Colliery site in Hirwaun in April with zipline rides that has already welcomed more than 10,000 visitors and created 56 new jobs. Its new attraction, Tower Coaster, creates 25 more jobs

The industrial-style luge roller coaster has a mile-long track and can reach speeds of up to 25 mph.

Zip World Tower is the first company in South Wales for Zip World based in Gwynedd.

More on the project here.

Cheese factory

£ 20million project at Mona Island Dairy in Anglesey

A £ 20million cheese project will create 100 jobs in Anglesey with a tranche of funding from the Welsh government.

The £ 3million grant from the Business Innovation and Tourism Escalator Scheme (BITES) will enable the Mona Island dairy factory to become the most sustainable in Europe, running only on renewable electricity.

The funding will support the production of Welsh and Continental cheeses at the 25,000 square foot facility, based on the Mona Industrial Park, between Gwalchmai and Llangefni. .

Additional funds in the form of loans and equity will help the conversion of the £ 20million site, which is expected to be completed in September.

When completed, the plant will be the most modern on the continent, capable of producing 7,000 tonnes of cheese per year.

10-story office

Artist’s impression of JR Smart’s new office project on John Street

Work on a new 10-story office program in central Cardiff has reached a landmark with a closing ceremony marking its highest point.

The 113,000-square-foot Class A office project on John Street, which will accommodate 1,000 workers, is the latest development from real estate development company JR Smart, which is behind the adjacent seven-acre Capital Quarter project that delivered and leased over 370,000 square feet of office space.

As a new hybrid model of office work emerges in the wake of the pandemic, there are currently three significant live office requirements for Cardiff with a combined area of ​​around 200,000 square feet.

All three come from the private sector with two companies already based in South Wales looking for new office space to expand. The other is a relocation from elsewhere in the UK. The biggest requirement among the three is 90,000 square feet.

The John Street office project, known as 1 John Street, could be a potential location for some of the live needs, alongside other city projects including the renovated Hodge House and Fusion Point office buildings. One and the planned office unit of the Rightacres mixed-use Central Quay on the former Brains Brewery site.

More here.

Fabric manufacturer

RAF Sealand South Camp construction work is now renamed Airfields and is part of Northern Gateway infrastructure work in Sealand, Deeside. Photo by Ian Cooper

A major European tissue paper manufacturer is creating more than 200 jobs at the Northern Gateway site in Deeside as part of a major development.

The Welsh government has provided £ 5million for a new 700,000 square foot facility.

ICT, based in Italy, has signed a preliminary contract for a 50-acre site to develop a state-of-the-art integrated fabric production and converting facility – the first of its kind in the UK for over 15 years. years.

Construction is expected to start early next year and, when complete, will create 229 new jobs

The new facility, equipped with the latest technology, will supply consumer paper products marketed under the retailer’s private labels and ICT FOXY’s own brand to the UK and Irish markets.

Store development

Generic Co-op Store Sign

A new Co-op store recently opened in North Wales.

The grocer has unveiled a more spacious grocery store in Pentre, Deeside, following a £ 550,000 investment.

At 2,600 square feet, the store is more than 1,000 square feet larger than its old Pentre store that it replaces, with the move creating five new jobs, so the site now supports 20 local jobs.

From market stall to giant warehouse

New warehousing facilities for Something Different Wholesale at Swansea Enterprise Park.

Swansea company that started operations from a market stall invests £ 3.2million to acquire 157,000 square feet of warehouse and office units in Morriston to support expansion plans .

Leading designer and importer of giftware Something Different Wholesale purchases the 61,000 square foot H building it currently leases on Swansea Enterprise Park, as well as the adjacent buildings totaling an additional 96,000 square feet.

It will spend around £ 1million to renovate and remodel the units according to its growing business.

Read more about it here.

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