Welsh steelworks to be turned into heritage park

At a recent meeting held by the Brymbo Heritage Group (BHG), plans to turn the area’s former steelworks into a heritage site have been unveiled.

Members of the BHG attended a two-day workshop, which was run by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT), to develop the plan. During those two days, new ideas were generated, evaluated and added to the proposal.

The new scheme for the Brymbo steelworks site, which is near Wrexham, was well received, with more interest than expected being shown by the public. Gary Brown, the heritage officer for the BHG, said that the response so far had been “fantastic”, before adding:

“We’ve also been lucky to have the landowner’s support, as well as the backing of Wrexham Council and the Welsh Government. It puts us in a good position.”

There is a lot of industrial history in North Wales, and architects in the area are now regularly working on projects to transform old industrial buildings for modern use. Another recent example of this is the huge loco shed in Wrexham, which is being restored rather than knocked down.

Included in the steelwork plans are hotel facilities, village centre improvements, and an extensive garden. Even the buildings without roofs will be put to good use as sheltered picnic spots and, potentially, performance spaces.

The group’s first task is to secure funding to pay architects to turn the proposal into a set of plans. Funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) should cover this cost. Moving forward, BHG will need to secure another £1.4m before work on the project can start.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
February 25, 2015
Developments

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