Abergavenny Brewery Yard scheme opens

9 July 2010

The Abergavenny Brewery Yard Regeneration Scheme has been officially opened by Peter Clarke, Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, and Jocelyn Davies AM, the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) Deputy Minister for Housing and Regeneration.
Abergaveny Brewery
A team from Capita Symonds’ Cwmbran office designed and managed the scheme in conjunction with Monmouthshire County Council and Contractors Alun Griffiths.

Funded by Monmouthshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly Government, the new development will create a new community square and improved pedestrian links within the town centre.

The square – which will feature artworks by artist Howard Bowcott – is a key part of the town’s regeneration, and will provide a stunning setting for the world famous Abergavenny Food Festival and the renowned local outdoor markets.

The project involved major design challenges requiring significant input in structural and civil engineering due to the complex levels across the site and a high level of inter discipline co-ordination in working with local artists and the local community.

The theme for the project takes its lead from the former Brewery on the site and the local community were heavily involved in interpretation of the site’s community heritage through poetry which was inscribed into stone and sculpture pieces, adding a real sense of ownership. 

A new café is provided as part of the project, which as well as the main retaining walls throughout the site uses materials in-keeping with the surrounding historic buildings and successfully blends contemporary design with traditional materials.

Jon Fox, Project Director, Capita Symonds said: “Capita Symonds is very pleased to have completed this project in partnership with Monmouthshire County Council. Our team in the Cwmbran office have fully engaged with the challenge of successfully delivering a difficult design for a very complex site, in a busy location and ultimately creating a new and exciting addition to the heart of Abergavenny.”