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Vulcan House, Merthyr Tydfil
Client: Wales and West Housing
Vulcan House is a Grade 2 listed building adjacent to Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre. The Vulcan House is being converted into 5 flats and a further 10 flats are being constructed on the site, this providing 15 new homes in total. The site was owned by the Council,
Bowen and Partners were originally approached by a local company when the site was offered for sale by the Council to undertake a feasibility study for a new office headquarters building. The study identified it was not viable to convert the listed building due to the extreme dilapidated state and requirement on retention due to the listing.
Bowen and Partners however assessed there was potential to retain the building by a cross subsidy of re-developing the site for residential use in conjunction with the refurbishment and regeneration of the listed Vulcan House. Bowen and Partners put the proposal to Wales & West Housing who expressed an interest to develop the site. We prepared a viability study to establish the capacity of the site with our architect and this was followed by meetings with Merthyr Tydfil Council, CADW, public meetings and technical site investigations to identify a viable development of 15 homes. A partnership between Wales & West Housing and Merthyr Council enabled Vulcan House to be saved with financial assistance from Welsh Government
It is a difficult development with access problems due to unsafe state of the buildings, underground culverts and the demolition of the annex and out buildings close to existing homes. The redevelopment of the Vulcan House site contributes significantly to the regeneration of the area.
Bowen & Partners provided the project management and cost consultancy together with the CDM Co-ordination and brought together a design team to meet the brief of regeneration and economic development.