Hanbury Chapel the most recent addition to the Bargoed regeneration project has received the highest accolade from Constructing Excellence in Wales being named its Project of the Year 2012.
Hanbury Chapel is the result of a successful collaboration which not only saved an iconic town landmark built in 1906 but which also delivered a new community facility. A visionary partnership forged by United Welsh, Caerphilly County Borough Council, and the Welsh Government’s Heads of the Valleys regeneration initiative, offered a new lease of life for this fantastic old building. Working with Carter Lauren, Pentan Partners and the Chapel congregation, with the support of CADW, the innovative partnership delivered a breath taking building which captures the old and new.
The renovated Chapel building comprises of a library, family history resource centre, teenage area, social enterprise café and place of worship. This new facility has become a ‘learning hub’ for the whole community to utilise throughout the week.
With over 17,000 visitors in its first month, Bargoed Library has also seen a massive 46% increase in book borrowing between October 2011 and March 2012. The renovation of Hanbury Chapel has contributed significantly to improving the perception of the town centre and will continue to significantly improve access to education and learning opportunities.
The announcement was made on June 29th at a ceremony with over 400 industry professionals in Swalec Stadium Cardiff. Hanbury Chapel will now go through to the National Constructing Excellence Awards taking place in London in November.