Project Update: The Tredegar Arms, Morgan Street, Tredegar

Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme Supports Local Refurbishment Project

One of Tredegar’s finest heritage assets; The Tredegar Arms is continuing with its conservation works to bring the building back to life.

Through a combination of Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) grant funding, significant owner investment and a committed workforce this once derelict building is receiving a conservation sensitive treatment to ensure its future is safeguarded.

Cllr Dai Davies, Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Said:

“Major renovation works commenced in January 2017 and considerable progress has been made. The building has received new roof coverings, render, windows, entrance portico and decoration as well as extensive works to the internal space in order to bring the building back into use as a hotel. The next phase of work is the construction of a complementary extension to house the function room. The project is programmed to complete in winter 2018. As part of delivering the project we are also ensuring that training opportunities are available to enhance the skills in the area.”

The owners of the Tredegar Arms have said:

“We are grateful for the THI grant funding which is supporting our financial contribution enabling our vision for this building to be realised. We are also delighted with the progress being made on the building project by the contractors and sub-contractors.”

Through working in partnership between the THI Scheme and the Tredegar Lift project, there are opportunities available to experience working on a heritage project with an eight week trainee position. Mr Gareth Edwards is currently undertaking a trainee position at the Tredegar Arms. Gareth has obtained his Construction Skills Certification Scheme Card (CSCS) and has developed existing skills as well as gaining valuable heritage site working experience.

For future training opportunities with Lift, please contact the Lift Team on 01495 712064.

The THI Scheme provides match funding for the owners contributions and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Welsh Government-Vibrant and Viable Places Tackling Poverty Programme, Cadw & Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

Lift is a Welsh Government funded Programme to support people who live in a household where no one is working.  Tredegar & Ebbw Vale form one of the nine programme delivery area across Wales. The aim of the Programme is to support individuals into training, work experience and employment in a variety of working roles. Lift provides one to one support and will develop a personal action plan for everyone who takes part in the programme. Since 2014 Lift, in Tredegar & Ebbw Vale has been successful in supporting over 160 people into employment, 290 into Vocational Training and 128 into a Work Experience Placements. Lift works with employers including BGCC, local NHS Trusts and local Care Providers.