Office conversion brings new homes to Briton Ferry

Wed 12 Jun 2019

Llansawel Crescent Flats

Tai Tarian, one of the largest social housing providers in Wales has officially opened its second housing development within the space of three weeks.

Llansawel Crescent flats in Briton Ferry have been completely renovated, with the former offices being transformed into six modern, two bedroom flats.  Work at the site began in last October, with the conversion being carried out by PBM Wales Ltd and support provided through the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant programme.

The work follows on from the completion of eight new homes at Heol Llwyn Celyn in Caewern and is the latest development by the social housing provider as it attempts to increase the amount of housing available locally.

The work means Tai Tarian has now completed 29 new homes within the last 8 months, with another 45 set to be built over the next 18 months.

Llansawel Crescent flats were officially unveiled on Wednesday (12th June) with Tai Tarian Chief Executive Linda Whittaker, residents, contractors, representatives from Neath Port Talbot Council including local councillors and community representatives in attendance.

One of the new tenants of the flats is Gloria Duncanson.  She said:
"I have lived in a nearby block of flats for almost 20 years so I was a little apprehensive about the move at first.  Once I saw how beautiful the new flats were, I was really excited to start the next chapter in my life. 

“The flats are really light, modern and airy and the quality is exceptional. I’m sure I’m going to be very happy here.”

Chief Executive Linda Whittaker said:
“Developing new homes is a priority for us, whether that’s building new properties or converting disused office blocks like these into modern flats.  They’ll be a great addition to this community and will complement our adjacent Parc Newydd development which will get underway soon.

"Our long-term aim is that our commitment to building new homes will not only help alleviate some of the housing demand but also give local people homes they can be proud of.”