The official opening of our new 12 property scheme in Georgetown took place on May the 9th with the Mayor (Councillor David Isaac) cutting the ribbon (accompanied by Karen Courts MTHA chief executive and Tim Macdermott MTHA Director of Operations) on a newly installed History board detailing a brief history of the site where the properties now stand.
Back in 2011, we became aware of land that was held by the Heads of the Valley Housing Association and with the support and co-operation of the members we were able to transfer the land into our ownership. We acquired a further piece of land owned by the Local Authority and secured planning permission for the construction of 12 affordable new home units (8 houses and 4 flats) in March 2013.
During the initial site investigations, it was found that the site was of historical interest due to the previous buildings on the site being the stables associated with the Cyfarthfa & Ynysfach ironworks and Corona Pop depot.
We worked with Archaeology Wales and Glamorgan & Gwent Archaeology Trust were involved in advising and supporting on the archaeological significance of the site and in the excavations and preservation of the remains of the historic buildings. A brief history of the site is outlined in the History Board.
Work started on site in March 2014 and the development was completed after 15 months in June 2015.
Corona Court has been built to achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, ensuring that the dwellings have been constructed utilising materials that minimise the impact of the environment, are efficient to heat, and provide excellent levels of comfort for the occupants. The scheme has utilised a timber framed system that has been procured from sustainable sources, which provides excellent levels of thermal comfort and sound insulation. The properties also benefit from A+ rated gas combination boilers and thermostatic controls to each habitable room, ensuring that heating bills are also minimised.
The scheme cost a total of £1.5m and was funded by 58% of Social Housing Grant.
Speaking at the official opening Karen Courts Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association Chief Executive said
“Thank you to the neighbouring residents for your engagement during the project and scheme development.
Special thanks goes to our funders, the Welsh Government for providing £ 855k Social Housing Grant and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for supporting the scheme and allocating the social housing grant, without which this development would not have been possible.
Thank you to the archaeological and historical societies and groups that have taken such an interest in this site and helped us to learn more about our heritage.
Finally, I wish our tenants well and hope that they enjoy their new homes.”
Green Apple Awards
In February this year, we entered the scheme at Corona Court into the Green Apple Awards, which is an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. We have been able to demonstrate that we have made a positive contribution to our architectural heritage and we are pleased to announce that we are winners of a green apple award for Architectural Heritage for the building of Corona Court.
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