Of­fi­cial open­ing for build­ing

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

THE im­pres­sive trans­for­ma­tion of the his­toric Jen­nings Build­ing on Porth­cawl seafront has been marked with an of­fi­cial open­ing.

Brid­gend AM Car­wyn Jones joined cab­i­net mem­bers from Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil, de­vel­op­ers ABA Holdings, busi­ness own­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Fi­nance Wales, the Her­itage Lottery Fund and Cadw to cel­e­brate the iconic build­ing be­ing brought back to life.

Built in 1832, the Jen­nings Build­ing was orig­i­nally con­structed as the south­ern ter­mi­nus of the Dyf­fryn Llynfi Porth­cawl horse-drawn tram, which was used to trans­port iron and coal from the Llynfi Val­ley, and was more re­cently used as an in­door skatepark.

But for the best part of the last decade it had lain va­cant, be­fore be­ing trans­formed by Wales-based de­vel­oper ABA Holdings after Brid­gend coun­cil granted it a long-term lease.

It in­vested £2.5m and also re­ceived sup­port from Fi­nance Wales and Town­scape Her­itage Ini­tia­tive Fund­ing pro­vided via the coun­cil from the Her­itage Lottery Fund and Cadw.

It con­tains three food and drink busi­nesses – a cof­fee shop, a pizze­ria and a kitchen bar and restau­rant.

Brid­gend AM Car­wyn Jones joined cab­i­net mem­bers from Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil, de­vel­op­ers ABA Holdings, busi­ness own­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Fi­nance Wales, the Her­itage Lottery Fund and Cadw to cel­e­brate the restora­tion of the Jen­nings Build­ing

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