£13million revamp for Abertillery Town Centre

Abertillery Town Centre is undergoing major Regeneration through a £13 million European funding package over 5 years.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that Blaenau Gwent Council has been successful in a bid for funding to help boost the economic development of the town centre and provide a better environment for the local community and businesses as well as attracting visitors and potential investors to the town.
Welsh Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt AM, and Deputy Minister for Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies AM, announced a £10m Welsh Government funding package, which includes support from the European Regional Development Fund, Targeted Match Fund and Heads of the Valleys programme. The remainder of the funding will come from the Council and private sector resources.
Key town centre sites are receiving a makeover including Church Street, High Street, Somerset Street and a new gateway feature will be constrructed on Foundry Square.
Tillery Street will undergo a transformation and works to improve derelict and prominent buildings in the town will get underway. The town centre car park will also be refurbished and CCTV equipment installed. A new traffic scheme will improve the flow of vehicles around the town.
Funding will also be available for existing and new businesses to create or safeguard jobs, as well as for improvements to the appearance of commercial properties. 


Design proposal for a new multi-storey car park on High Street. Works commenced in Jan 2014 and is expected to take approximately 8 months to complete.


The Multi - Storey Car Park Redevelopment commenced on the 28th April 2014 with Econ being the appointed contractor. The car park is scheduled for completition towards the end of November 2014 well in advance of the Christmas shopping period.


Jubilee Square was a collaborative project between The Church in Wales and Blaenau Gwent County Borough to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2012. The civic square was opened to the public in February 2013 and is also intended as an outdoor events facility.




Construction of a new gateway feature for Abertillery has begun on the western end of the Foundry bridge. A gateway feature was a condition of the original funding approval for the replacement of the Foundry Bridge back in 2007. The gateway feature will consist of six stainless steel spires, the tallest being 16 metres in height, which will represent the historic locations of former colliery sites from the surrounding area. Each spire will also be illuminated with LED’s to symbolise the glow of burning coal. 

As part of a competition, local schools in partnership with Communities First and the Council were given the chance to design individual plaques to represent past and present memories, and aspirations for the future of Abertillery and the surrounding area. 

The gateway feature will be a significant landmark to the memories of those that worked at the former colliery sites, as well as being an attraction drawing visitors to Abertillery and the surrounding area.     


The Foundry Bridge Gateway feature scheme commenced in January 2014 and is scheduled for completetion in early August 2014. The stainless steel spires were installed on Saturday 28th June 2014. The scheme is scheduled to be completed on the 25th July 2014.

For further information regarding the Abertillery Gateway Feature, please contact the Regeneration Division on 01495 355533.