New look for Hirael flats unveiled

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd

The first tenants are preparing to move into newly revamped flats in Bangor’s Hirael district.

£1.5 million has been spent on regenerating the area – including fifteen new modern and spacious flats on Edmund Street and Ambrose Street, where work is nearing completion.

The new homes, transformed from 20 smaller flats, includes new kitchens and bathrooms and reequipped heating and electrical systems. The tenants were given a preview of their new homes at an official opening last week by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.

The housing association was also behind the building of nine new flats at nearby Plas yr Wylan, which were completed in January.

CCG chairman Mark Jones said: ”As the largest housing association in north Wales, our main purpose is to provide people with affordable and comfortable homes. We are delighted with the investment we have made over the last year to help regenerate the Hirael area.”

”When the Edmund and Ambrose Streets scheme was approved, there were nearly 200 people in Bangor waiting for a one-bedroom flat and 140 people waiting for a two-bedroom flat. We are very proud to be playing our part in providing much needed housing for the people of Bangor and it was very rewarding to see the difference these new homes will make to the lives of the families.”

”The training, employment and community benefits generated from this scheme were outstanding, with contractor Anthony Dever far exceeding their targets. 160 training weeks were given to various individuals on the scheme, and for every £1 spent on the scheme £2 has been reinvested in the Welsh economy.”

The group’s assistant director for property management, Sion Robert, added: ”This is the improvement scheme our internal repairs and maintenance team have been a part of, and I’m proud of the team – the quality of the work speaks for itself. This scheme allows the team to see what can be achieved, and is the first step towards us achieving our corporate target for growth.”

The revamp work on the flats was carried out by contractors Anthony Dever Construction, based in Denbigh.