Work commenced on the Grade II Listed YMCA building in Merthyr.
The Grade II Listed building, which is one of the town’s most famous landmarks, has been lying derelict for decades and has often faced the threat of demolition. Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust has stepped in to buy the building from its private owner to transform it into a teaching facility and office space.
Although the building is in an appalling condition and almost the entire roof has collapsed, an independent survey has found that the shell is sound and can be secured if some of the upper tiers of masonry are removed.
WRW were awarded the enabling works package to make the building safe whilst retaining as much of the historic fabric as possible. The 36-week programme of works will include; the design and construction of an independent and roofed scaffold system to encapsulate the entire building, hoarding of the ground floor to prevent access to the unsafe building, cleaning the perimeter of the site in order to gain access all around the building, making good of masonry and hoarding of window and door openings.
With the help and guidance of CADW, Architects Davies Sutton and Structural Engineers Mann Williams, we will also be responsible for carefully and safely taking down the damaged areas of the building.