During December we saw the launch of the new Library and sheltered housing scheme led by local housing association, Trivallis in partnership with Jehu Group and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. Library Court shelter complex based in Rhydyfelin was officially opened by the new Housing and Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans AM, followed by a community Christmas Fayre.
The Minister commented on how it was fantastic to see such a high-quality facility so early on in her appointment, Rebecca said: “There’s a library here and a large commercial space which I am sure will be a huge asset to the community.”
Martin Workman, Jehu Construction Director commented: “We’re really pleased with the Library Court project, the fantastic team approach and collaborative working ethics have resulted in a development which not only offers residents a very high standard of accommodation, but also contributes positively to the wider built environment and the regeneration of the Rhydyfelin community as a whole.”
The £4.8m development consists of 32 new apartments for the over 55s, a community library and substantial commercial space which is available for rent to local businesses and community groups. The timber frame scheme was built to code standard which is the Government code for Sustainable Homes, this was not a contractual requirement but a standard that both Jehu and Trivallis strive to deliver on all their new projects.
The scheme run over a 15-month period and the residents and community were at the heart of the development. The community play an important part in a development of this scale, Trivallis’ Chief Executive, Ian Thomas said: “I don’t think we can ever realistically put important facilities like this on the ground without having that community involvement. What we have created as a result is a space that will benefit the whole of Rhydyfelin and surrounding areas for many years to come and a space that the whole community can be proud of.”