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River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square Scheme Picks Up ICE Wales Cymru Award

17th May 2015

The River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square project has won the Special Award for Regeneration at the annual ICE Wales Cymru Awards.

The project is part of the £25 million Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre regeneration programme that aims to ensure that Merthyr Tydfil becomes a key regional centre in the Cardiff Capital City Region.

Capita provided design and engineering services on the link scheme which greatly improves accessibly into the town centre through the delivery of a one-way gyratory system that includes the installation of the new St Tydfil’s Bridge with its iconic skew arch structure; the construction of the College Plaza linking the Merthyr Learning Quarter with the riverside and Town Centre; a major public realm enhancement at Penderyn Square; and a designated bus lane and remodelled traffic junction at Castle Street.

The project has reduced traffic congestion which has improved pedestrian and cycle access, road safety for pedestrians and in particular college students. The new road network has also made the riverside area an attractive destination for future development.

The judges were impressed with the vision for the centre of the town. The proposals significantly improve the town centre in a way that could not be achieved without a major rethink. The judges also complemented the team on the significant community involvement during the scheme, including the promotion of links with Merthyr College A level students and the Engineering Education Scheme Wales. It is commendable to see a comprehensive urban renewal project effectively delivered in this way. Buildings of architectural and historic interest have been retained and put to beneficial use.

Thanks to the ICE Wales website for the background information in this report...

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