Team working delivers two new Tai Tarian homes

Wed 26 Sep 2018

Moorland Road Opening

Two new homes, which have been built by Tai Tarian in partnership with local businesses, are being officially opened today (Wednesday, September 26, 2018).

The two-bedroom bungalows in Moorland Road, Sandfields, Port Talbot have been delivered thanks to an innovative new approach that saw Tai Tarian’s own staff working with local contractors.

The project, which will help meet the demand for more local housing, has been praised by Welsh Government for the benefit it has made to the community.

Tai Tarian Director of Assets, Steve Tucker said, “We are delighted that this new way of working has been so successful and it’s feels like a real milestone today to see tenants in the new homes.

“The project enabled us to use the skills of our staff, including apprentices, while also supporting the local economy by working with contractors in the area when needed.

“The innovative approach has reaped many benefits including improved project quality, value for money, seamless working, a common vision and local investment.

“We are looking forward to working in this way again to ensure we continue to provide development opportunities for small local construction companies as well as Tai Tarian’s own workforce and thank Welsh Government for their support.”

The two new bungalows were built on a former car park just off Moorland Road which had not been used for many years. There is a now a long drive way leading from Moorland Road to the development which includes wet rooms, modern kitchens, landscaped outdoor space and four car parking spaces to the front.

Mrs Siimei Hui, who has just moved in with her husband Tatkwong and son Siwai said she was thrilled with her new home which was perfect for her husband who had recently suffered a stroke.

She said, “We have been searching for a new home for more than two years and this is perfect because it’s all on the ground floor so is really easy to get around.

“I’m so happy, we all are, it is so lovely both inside and outside, and I know we are going to enjoy living here.”

Tai Tarian’s own workforce was involved in a lot of the building work including roofing, carpentry, painting and external works. The fencing around the properties was delivered by staff of the organisation’s Copper Foundation project, which gives long term unemployed people a route back into work.

Tai Tarian worked closely with Keeble Whelan Integrated Construction (KWIC) who led the project design team and managed site progress

KWIC Director Rod Keeble said, “"We are extremely proud of the success brought about through the collaborative delivery of this innovative project, and would like to thank Tai Tarian, its workforce and our local contractors for the quality of their workmanship, positive work ethic and continued drive for success.

“The quality of these desirable, purpose-built homes is there for everyone to see and they are a credit to the whole of the delivery team, and the support of the local supply chain.

“The collaborative approach used is a testament to the core values shared amongst our delivery team aligned with Welsh Government’s ambitions to grow the construction industry in Wales."