Creating a brighter Bridgend  

New car park, apartments and commercial unit set for Rhiw

Ambitious plans to regenerate Bridgend town centre by building a brand new £9m development featuring a multi-storey car park, 28 apartments and a commercial unit suitable for a shop, café or restaurant have been jointly submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council.

The authority and the Coastal Housing Group have put forward an application to demolish the ageing Rhiw multi storey and build a new facility which replaces the car park while also creating a community of people living in the heart of the town centre who will use local shops, boost trade and help support the night-time economy.

It forms part of the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places programme which aims to generate economic growth by encouraging people to live within town centre areas, increase shopper numbers and inspire businesses to be more innovative.

As part of the VVP project, vacant space above existing town centre shops will also be converted into affordable accommodation and improvements will be made at other town centre car parks serving local offices and businesses.

The £9m projected has been funded by the Welsh Government and Coastal Housing Group with a £177,000 contribution from Bridgend County Borough Council.

The Rhiw project follows improvements to Bridgend’s indoor market, which has recently been given a new roof.

It will feature customer lifts, dedicated parking for drivers with children, disabled parking bays, a ground-level pedestrian crossing to give easy access to the nearby market and town centre shops, flexible parking payment options, modern security measures including CCTV coverage and improved lighting, new safety standards designed in partnership with South Wales Police and much more.

All 248 spaces at the new car park will be aimed at shoppers and visitors – residents of the 28 apartments will have separate parking, and there will be provision for up to 54 cycles as well.

As part of the proposed development, the council’s Shopmobility service will also move to a new permanent home at the Brackla One multi-storey car park in Cheapside.

Council Leader Mel Nott said: “Bridgend town centre has undergone some major improvements in recent years, with the aim of enhancing its attractiveness and encouraging inward investment from the private and commercial sector.

“The Vibrant and Viable Places project has been central to this, and by rebuilding the Rhiw car park we hope to create new opportunities for investment and business, as well as providing the town with modern parking facilities.

“The current car park is ageing and a third of its parking spaces have had to be cordoned off because of their poor condition, so we hope that this new facility will be welcomed by residents and traders alike.”

Gareth Davies, Director of Development for Coastal Housing Group, added: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council for the first time on this exciting scheme.

“The Rhiw car park development is the first scheme that we will work on in Bridgend and we will look to bring our extensive experience in urban regeneration to help Bridgend County Borough Council revitalise Bridgend town centre.”

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