August 2022 site update

We share your disappointment regarding how long it has taken to complete the new homes at Glanffrwd in Ebbw Vale. It may seem like the site has been abandoned, but this is not the case. We are doing everything we can behind the scenes to complete the homes.

Our current position

The completion of the homes has been affected by two contractors sadly going into administration. Progress of the build has also had issues due to labour and material shortages and global price increases. The construction industry is starting to show signs of recovery and we hope to be in a position to start work again very soon. We are in the process of finding a new contractor to complete the homes. We hope to appoint them this September, with work to start again in October.

Appointing a new contractor

We have held a two-stage tender to complete the homes at Glanffrwd. The tender process involves a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) to help us shortlist contractors. A PQQ checks that potential contractors have the necessary experience, expertise, capacity and financial standing to complete the homes. The PQQ stage is now complete and shortlisted contractors are preparing their bids.

Looking after the building site

Green Hat Consulting is looking after the building site on behalf of Tai Calon. This includes monitoring the site’s security and inspecting the perimeter, collecting litter, and cutting the grass.

Addressing site issues

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has reconnected the lampposts that can be used. The lamppost that has been removed cannot be replaced at this stage and the temporary light will remain. New street lighting along the new road will illuminate this area. However, these cannot be installed at this stage. All footpaths have been reopened around the perimeter of the site. The excavation opposite Rhiw Wen has been backfilled and landscaped. We intend to move the fence and provide access to this area once the grass has grown. The fence will need to be moved back to its current position when works begin again.

We hope this information will help reassure you and give you a better understanding of what is happening at the Glanffrwd site. We remain committed to the development and will do what we can to keep you updated. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Andrew Cooke

Head of Resident Services

Phone: 0300 303031717

Email:   talktous@www.taicalon.org

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