Royal Buildings, Port Talbot

Client name: Coastal Housing Association

Client overview: Coastal Housing Association is a registered social landlord operating in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

Brief description of the scheme: This project involved the demolition of the former Royal Buildings and adjacent commercial properties and the construction of 46 apartments for rent as affordable Social Housing, with commercial premises on the ground floor.

More information: The units were constructed in steel frame with masonry external walls and a steel rib-deck and concrete transfer slab above. A three storey timber frame sits on top of the transfer deck and incorporates rendered masonry external walls which provide the superstructure for the apartments.

The residential scheme has been constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3+ and the Low / Zero Carbon Technologies required under ENE7 of the Code Assessment is provided by a 35KW photovoltaic system installed on the flat roof.

In addition to a high finished build quality and preventing financial overspend; Coastal Housing’s focus on their ‘Social Responsibility’ and in developing and leaving a lasting legacy in the areas in which they operate was a prime consideration on the project. Through providing a permanent position for a management trainee based on the scheme, providing four work placements for college students and by encouraging apprentice training through our supply chain, Jehu are proud of the long term benefits resulting from the scheme at Customs House.

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