10 February 2016
Image credit: The Vale of Glamorgan Council
We are delighted to announce that one of our projects has been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award for Planning Excellence. The short listing is for the restored and redeveloped Pumphouse in Barry, South Wales. WYG acted as the planning consultants for the project. The award ceremony will take place in London on the 5th May 2016.
A focal point for the regeneration of Barry’s historic waterfront, the Grade II listed Pumphouse will provide a mix of uses including a restaurant, café bar and bistro, fitness club and 15 live/work units. The building is one of the few hydraulic Pumphouse buildings left in Wales and, with its imposing 42 meter high chimney, is an important landmark. The first residents moved in last November.
The Pumphouse had previously been on the Buildings at Risk register. In 2009, The Vale of Glamorgan was instrumental in securing the funds and necessary approval for the new roof and external repairs to prevent the building falling into further disrepair. Planning permission and listed building consent were granted in October 2014. The restoration and redevelopment works were finished last August.
Jon Hurley, an Associate at WYG who worked on the project, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the RTPI Awards and we are hugely proud to have been involved with such an innovative and exciting project.”
The Pumphouse is a centrepiece of the Innovation Quarter, a 19 acre, mixed-use development site overseen by The Vale of Glamorgan and in partnership with the Welsh Government.
The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence. Finalists have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.