Banbridge company to develop £13.4m Welsh leisure complex
A Co Down-based property company has been appointed to develop a £13.4million leisure complex in South Wales.
The Lotus Group, which is headquartered in Banbridge, was given the go ahead after its planning application was approved by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
The major development project will see The Lotus Group deliver a new 70,000sq ft facility to replace the former Afan Lido sports and leisure complex in Port Talbot, which was destroyed by fire in 2009.
The £13.4m investment in the landmark seafront location will result in a purpose-built beachfront leisure centre, complete with ‘wave design’ roof and featuring a 25m pool with moveable floor; multiple changing facilities, gym/fitness suite, dance studio, 4 court sports hall, cafe and community rooms.
The Lotus Group has brought together a team of specialist consultants with national and international experience to plan, design and deliver the project. They also implemented a competitive tendering process which resulted in the appointment of another NI-based company, Heron Bros of Magherafelt, to construct and fit out the leisure complex.
Overall responsibility for the project falls with Chris Mundow, Development Director with The Lotus Group who believes the scheme has been sensitively designed to reflect the needs of the local community while also enhancing the potential of the area as a whole.
Chris said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council on this important project which is of great significance at both economic and community levels, supporting the wider regeneration of Neath Port Talbot and also bringing benefits to the local area and its residents.
“This is great news for our company, and is an endorsement of our extensive experience in managing large-scale, complex development projects. Together with the team from Heron Bros we believe this sends out a very positive message about Northern Ireland’s property development and construction sector as a whole, and its ability to compete with the key players in the GB market.”
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Ali Thomas added: “Despite austere times, I am delighted that we are now in a position to start going forward with this major project which is crucial to enhancing our strategy and vision for regeneration in the county borough. I’m sure the citizens we represent will welcome this exciting development and we can now look forward to seeing it become a reality.”
Ken Whan, Operations Director of Heron Bros added: “Heron Bros. is delighted at being selected as the contractor for the iconic new Aberavon Sea Front Leisure Centre in Port Talbot. We look forward to delivering this fantastic project in conjunction with Corban Investments, Neath Port Talbot Council and the design team in the months ahead, and to working closely with the local community and the local supply chain in its delivery.’