Tai Tarian helps give Brynhyfryd House a new lease of life

Thu 23 Jun 2022

Brynhyfryd House in Briton Ferry has had an upgrade to its facilities thanks to the work of Tai Tarian’s community projects team. 

The social housing provider was able to help the community hub after securing grant funding and through the support of its contractors and suppliers. 

Brynhyfryd House was established in 2018, taking over the building vacated by the closure of Brynhyfryd Primary School. The hub is now a popular place for community groups to meet and is especially supportive to people suffering from dementia. 

After a request to help modernise its facilities, Tai Tarian was able to secure a £10,000 grant from the Welsh Procurement Funding Community as well as the services of its contractors to transform the old school cloakroom into a modern kitchen and storage facility for the centre’s food and clothes bank. 

The work was overseen by Tai Tarian’s own in-house specialists who worked closely with Brynhyfryd House to design a room that included plenty of units, storage and workspaces that would suit their needs. 

Tai Tarian Senior Property Compliance Officer, Andy Johns, managed the project on behalf of the social housing provider. He said: 
“It’s been quite a project to convert this room. It was quite dilapidated, a bit of a mess and something of a dumping ground.  

“We’ve done quite a lot of work including installing a new ceiling and floor, bespoke modern storage units as well as some extensive painting work. It is now a bright, airy space and that is great to see. 

"The work that’s gone on here is tremendous. Everyone has worked really hard, and it is going to benefit a lot of people. 

“I’d like to thank the generosity of our contractors and suppliers, DC Carpentry, Dry Wall Systems, Benchmarx Kitchens, Artisan Flooring and LH Evans who provided their products and expertise to help with this project. It was a real team effort and something Tai Tarian and the property compliance team can take real pride in.” 

For Tai Tarian painter, Paul Maddocks, working on the renovation had a special significance: 
“I came to school here many years ago, so being able to work on this project was especially pleasing. 

“I remember this room being a cold, dark room where we used to store our bags and coats. To see the transformation that has taken place is remarkable and I’m really proud to have played my part in this.” 

Jenn Williams from Brynhyfryd House said: 
“We can’t believe the transformation that has taken place here.  We are extremely thankful to Tai Tarian and everyone who contributed to this project.  It really is going to make our lives a little easier and enhance what we do here at Brynhyfryd House.”