The first tenants are moving into a new £2.1 million south-Powys social housing development designed by Hughes Architects.
Eighteen homes have been built by Melin Homes and WRW Construction at School Lane in Talgarth on behalf of Powys County Council who will be letting the properties.
The development was designed by building design and planning practice Hughes Architects which has offices in Mid Wales and Cardiff. The project was formally opened by Brecon and Radnor Assembly Member, Kirsty Williams last month.
“There is significant demand for social and low-cost housing in rural areas such as Talgarth. This is the latest in a long line of such developments that we’ve undertaken for private developers, local authorities and housing associations throughout Wales and beyond,” said Richard Lewis, an architect at Hughes Architects.
“We were commissioned by Melin Homes to design a range of one and two-bedroom properties, as well as a four-bedroom home, as part of the project and then worked with WRW Construction in the delivery of the scheme.
“The timber-framed properties range from one-bedroomed bungalows to terraced and semi-detached properties that have been designed to be in keeping with the local community which sits within the Brecon Beacons National Park.”
Another significant factor in the consideration of the design of the home and overall development was the Grade I listed Church of St Gwendoline which sits next to the site.
“With a significant property such as the church next to the site, we wanted to ensure the properties were aesthetically in keeping with it. When you look at the completed project, the two go together well,” added Richard.
Powys County Council has been embarking on a series of social housing developments in the county, with two schemes recently completed in Newtown town centre that were initially designed by Hughes Architects.
A third development is due to be undertaken on land at the town’s bowling club which, again, was designed initially by Hughes Architects.
Hughes Architects, which has offices at Newtown and Welshpool in Powys, Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, and Cardiff, undertakes a range of architectural design and planning services, including residential extensions, renovations and new builds, to commercial and industrial properties.