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Project NameGlynmil Gypsy and Traveller Site – Refurbishment Project    
Project LocationGlynmil Caravan Park, Merthyr Tydfil
Contract PeriodPhase 1 – February 2011 to June 2012, Phase 2 – February 2012 to April 2013, Phase 3 – September 2013 to March 2014
Project Start Date (on site)Phase 1 started February 2011, Phase 3 finished March 2014
Practical CompletionPhase 1: June 2012, Phase 2: April 2013, Phase 3: March 2014
Contract Value£998,434 (3 Phases)
Type of WorkNew build of community hall and three amenity blocks. Refurbishment of: existing amenity blocks; pitch boundaries; site access; site boundary and landscaping.
Construction ProductCommunity Hall; Amenity blocks; Site access and boundaries
ArchitectAlun Roberts, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Engineer(s)Carwyn Morris, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
QS/Cost ConsultantsRon Boon, Ron Boon
Clerk of WorksGlyndwr Donovan, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Structural EngineerCarwyn Morris, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Electrical EngineerMick Campbell, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Mechanical EngineerMick Campbell, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Planning SupervisorKatherine Darney, South Wales Safety Consultancy
Main ContractorKevin Jones, Ace Building Contractors (phase 1) and Matthew Bennett, Mike Wilkes and Son Ltd (phase 2 and 3)
Building ControlKen Bateman, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Project Overview

glyn-mill-progress-6The Glynmil site is owned by one individual and used by the Gypsy Traveller Community. The site is leased by MTCBC but has an independent site manager employed by the owner. Prior to this project: 10 of the total 24 pitches were unusable; 3 new amenity blocks were required. An accommodation needs assessment (2008) revealed a high demand for the unusable pitches. Site photographs (2011) outlined the desperate need for site refurbishment.  Additionally there wasn’t a safe play area for children or community facility to hold education and health based activities. A face-to-face consultation exercise with site residents (2011) regarding this project included: “This would improve our lives so much”; “We would be really grateful if you could make this site better for me and my family”. Thus the primary objective of the project was to create a safe, well managed and sustainable living environment whilst improving quality of life, health and providing education opportunities for the residents. The project team secured a total of £1,343,203 from Welsh Government over 3 years, in line with the 3 phases of the project:

  • Refurbishment of amenity blocks; 3 new amenity blocks
  • Site Access; Boundary Improvements; Landscaping
  • New Community Hall
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council – Glynmil Gypsy and Traveller Site

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