Seven Onsite Hub trainees help J.G. Hale Construction with innovative Neath Town Centre Development
Seven Onsite Hub trainees have helped Welsh building contractor, J.G. Hale Construction, complete work on an innovative development consisting of 12 residential dwellings and five commercial units in Neath town centre for social housing provider Coastal Housing.
The seven trainees each spent 10 days working at the site to gain vital skills and experience.
On completion of their placement, the students were presented with a toolkit worth £150 by their South West Wales Onsite Hub coordinator.
The development has been built as part of Coastal Housing’s plans to deliver low-cost homes and affordable commercial properties across Wales. The £2.2 million scheme has been part-financed by a £1 million social housing grant from Welsh Government.
The completed three-story development consists of five small retail units on the ground floor, and two 1-bedroom apartments and ten 2-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors. The residential dwellings are all available for social rent, and it is hoped the retail units will attract small independent local businesses – in line with Coastal’s social aims.
The development is part of a wider regeneration scheme being undertaken by Neath Port Talbot Council. Phase one has now been completed and includes a new multi-storey carpark and Wilkinson store opposite the new town centre development. The next phase will make use of the adjoining land and will include a retail park and leisure centre.
David Harrhy, Managing Director at J.G Hale Construction, said:
“The recently completed Neath Town Centre development is aimed at providing housing for those in the community at most need, as well as encouraging and giving opportunities to small local businesses within the city centre.
“In addition to providing housing and retail space for the local community, the development also provided a number of apprenticeships, and seven onsite work experience placements via the Cyfle coordinated Onsite Construction Hub. We really enjoyed having the placements with us, they worked hard, and we hope they learned a lot from the experience – gaining skills which will serve them well in their chosen careers.”