Hafod Renewal Area
The Hafod area of Swansea is undergoing a 10 year regeneration project.
The Hafod Renewal Area was declared in March 2001, under provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. The area comprises of around 1060 properties, the majority of which are owner occupied, but with some private rented, Registered Social Landlord (RSL), and commercial retail properties. At the time of declaration, the area had some of the poorest housing in Swansea, with some 35% deemed to be unfit for habitation (Swansea Local House Condition Survey 1999). The broad programme is laid out in a 10 year strategic action plan produced at the time the Renewal Area was declared. The overall objectives are to improve housing, environmental, and socio-economic conditions in this suburb of Swansea.
The Renewal Area boundary extends from Unit Superheaters, Morfa Road in the south, Hafod Park to the west, the River Tawe to the east, and Landore railway viaduct, Neath Road to the north.
Group repair scheme programme.
Group Repair Schemes Works include chimney stack replacement, renewal of pitched and flat roof coverings, renewal of fascias and gutters, external wall structural repairs, wall covering treatments including sandstone cleaning and re-pointing, re-rendering, renewal of external windows and doors, and provision of entrance porticos.
The programme of works has been split into phases; Phase 5 was completed in February 2007. At this time, 440 properties had received Group Repair Scheme works, with over £10 million pounds invested in these improvements. Funding for this work comes from the Welsh Assembly Government, backed with financial support from the council and contributions from private residents.
Internal renovation programme
A number of properties found to suffer from poor internal housing conditions have received internal renovation grant works.
Energy efficiency programme
Energy efficiency works to these properties has included loft insulation, in some cases cavity wall insulation, and a number of energy efficient boiler replacements.
Disabled adaptations programme
Works to proactively provide disabled adaptations have been carried out to over 50 properties in the area. Works have included bath/shower adaptations / extensions, stair-lift installation, access ramps and handrails.
Commercial shop front renewal
Works to restore the traditional shop fronts to a number of commercial premises has taken place, providing traditional character aluminium shop fronts in various colours, with heritage style signage.
Environmental improvement works
Works to improve the environmental quality of the area have included:
- Rear lane enhancement works to resurface lanes, provide surface drainage, rebuilding 2 metre high rear boundary walls, and locked security gates to the lane entrances.
- Highway improvements included undertaking road adoption works, road resurfacing and provision of new improved feature street lighting.
- Renewing property front boundary walls and paths/paved areas.
The transformation of the area in terms of improvement in housing standards and environmental quality has resulted in schemes receiving a number of awards, including winner of the Lord Mayor's Design Awards in 2002 and 2004, runner-up in 2003, highly commended in the Lord Mayor's Community Regeneration Awards 2003, Safer Swansea Partnership Award 2005, and runner-up in the National Home Improvement Council Awards 2006.
The Hafod Renewal Area multi-disciplinary team provides an architect/agency service with particular responsibility to deliver programmes of group repair schemes, energy efficiency improvements, internal renovation grants and to address the need for disabled facilities for disabled residents in the area. An extensive environmental improvement programme to significantly improve the environmental quality of the area is also being implemented. The Renewal Area Team also works in partnership with the Hafod Community Regeneration Partnership.
The staff in the Renewal Area team include:
Darren Williams - Team Leader
Mike Watkins - Group Repair Scheme Co-ordinator
Tony Cohen - Senior Contracts Surveyor
Colin Williams and Hywel Davies - Renewal Area Surveyors
Victoria Hunt, Lisa Smith and Shamima Hussain - Clerical support.
* The Hafod Renewal Area office closed on the 30th of September 2011.
The Hafod Renewal Area team have relocated to the Council's Penllergaer offices within the Housing Renewal and Adaptations Section of the Directorate of Regeneration and Housing.
Residents of future Group Repair Schemes can still discuss day to day issues with our officers, who visit the site to inspect works on a regular basis. The officers have an office to work from, within the contractor's site compound.
The Hafod Renewal Area team hold a weekly surgery at the Hafod Community Centre, Odo Street, Hafod. This takes place every Thursday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The surgery has been set up so the team can continue to provide a local presence. Residents can contact us with any issues or queries they have regarding the Renewal Area including the proposed group repair and environmental improvements work programme.
The Hafod Renewal Area team can be contacted on 01792 635330.