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The Old Town Hall, Merthyr Tydfil
Client: Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association
In 2011, Bowen & Partners were appointed to undertake the project and financial management of a £6million refurbishment of the Victorian Grade II* listed Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil. The Old Town Hall required sensitive repairs to the fabric and structure having been left empty for a number of years.
With grant aid from the Welsh Government, Heritage Lottery, MTBC, ERDF and CADW, the building was sympathetically reinstated to provide new life as a community based creative industries centre for visual, performing and media based arts together with the provision of spaces for performance, exhibiting, production and sale together with associated office space and café/catering facilities. The building has now been renamed REDHOUSE.
Bowen & Partners were responsible for ensuring the project was designed to strict conditions in respect of the listed status to a cost which was fixed by the funders. Also the programme was set with allocated funding to be released in specific timescales which determined the procurement timetable, due diligence in respect of tenders and commencement on site. Analysis of tender cost was required to establish the eligible costs from the respective funders was correctly allocated.
The timescale and costs were achieved with the contractor commencing on site in February 2012 with Merthyr Tydfil College, the first tennants moving in at the beginning of September 2013. The college will be linked with the new learning quarter being developed on the site of the old college.