Porthcaval’s Grand Pavilion to see massive redevelopment as part of leveling up program

Two long-term development projects in Bridgend will be presented this month for funding in the UK government’s Leveling Up programme, allowing for a range of improvements.

Selected submissions for the program are the re-development of the Grand Pavilion at Porthcawl, as well as the reconstruction of the Penprisag railway bridge at Pencoed. In both cases, councilors say the work will have a highly positive impact that “could provide many benefits to residents of the county borough as a whole”.

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The Leveling Up program was announced by the UK Government in 2019, and aims to spread the opportunity equitably across the UK. It also supports cultural investments, such as helping to maintain and regenerate museums, galleries, visitor attractions and other heritage assets.

In Porthcaval, a project to redevelop the Grand Pavilion has been in development since 2016, when the Aven Cultural Trust began a study to enhance the Grade II-listed building. The main objective of the renovation is to address the condition of the building’s concrete structure, while also improving heritage and library services for residents.

New features proposed in the pavilion are work spaces with new rooftop functions and cafe spaces at the esplanade level. There will also be a new studio theatre, and improved facilities including a new changing spaces facility.

A spokesman for Bridgend Council said: “The redevelopment of the Grand Pavilion clearly represents a major and heritage capital planning opportunity. It is also a key component of the wider Porthcawl regeneration programme.”

In Pencoed, the Penprysg Railway Bridge proposal has also been a long-running project for Bridgend Council and is included in the current local development plan. Pencoed Level Crossing is on the South Meczyki Mainline Railway route, although when it is in operation, locals say it creates road traffic, causing significant congestion in the city centre.

Because of this, the project will seek to build a new bridge over Penprisag Road, widening it so that it can accommodate two-way traffic, and closing the railway level crossing. There will also be a new active travel bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to use. Pencoed Town Council member Jim Hancock said he was pleased that the issues at both the crossing and the bridge were now being considered.

He said: “We’ve been campaigning to do something about this for almost 14 years, so we’re glad it’s being considered. Everyone agrees it needs to be done because of the people building cars from residents.” Concerns have been expressed about the pollution caused by the crossing when the crossing is in use.”

Regeneration’s cabinet member, Clerk Nilo Farr, said both projects would offer positives to the people of Bridgend. She said: “These projects can provide many benefits to residents of the county borough as a whole. The Grand Pavilion is part of the fabric of Porthcawl and the Leveling Up program presents a great opportunity to preserve its status for generations to come, with It also improves the features itself.

“The Penprisag Railway Bridge also has many positives and will help improve traffic in the area as well as create better routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The community will also benefit from new investments on land unlocked by work. We are also working on an additional bid for the Ogmore constituency, which we would like to submit in the next round of bidding.” You can read more of our stories from Bridgend here.

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