LoCaL Homes are helping to deliver 34 social homes in Tonyrefail, South Wales

Published on 3 June 2024

We have been named as a key supplier on two social homes developments, Fruit Warehouse and Rhondda Bowl, located in Tonyrefail in the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough, Wales.

Partnering with Newydd Housing Association and Castell Group, LoCaL Homes will help deliver a total of 34 new, energy efficient and high-quality homes reserved for social rent. Both schemes are being part funded by the Welsh Government Social Housing Grant.

The Rhondda Bowl development will transform the site of a former bowling alley into 20 new homes with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A. The scheme will also help meet a variety of local housing need by providing 12 one-bedroom apartments, two two-bedroom houses and six three-bedroom houses.

Built on a now-closed fruit and vegetable storage unit, the Fruit Warehouse scheme will provide 14 one-bedroom apartments.

The planned new homes at the Rhondda Bowl
The planned new homes at the Rhondda Bowl

Mike Doolan, Sales and Partnership Manager at LoCaL Homes said: “We are delighted to be supporting the delivery of new social homes not only in the Tonyrefail community, but across other Welsh regions.

“All of the homes at the Fruit Warehouse and Rhondda Bowl development will achieve an EPC rating of A, the highest available, partly because of our thermally efficient timber frame panels.

“The external wall panels will be finished with a brick slip system applied in our factory and will further improve both the quality and delivery of the developments. Waste will also be dramatically reduced and will make for a much cleaner and safer site.”

All the new homes at the Fruit Warehouse and Rhondda Bowl developments are being built using our low carbon Eco-150 off-site closed timber panel system, which is reducing construction times on site, and achieving savings overall in terms of carbon release.

Jason Wroe, Chief Executive of Newydd, said: “We arfe looking forward to building more affordable homes in Tonyrefail. This fantastic scheme will not only help contribute towards meeting our net zero targets but will also provide residents with homes that are safe, warm and affordable. We are looking forward to seeing these finished properties in 2025 but in the meantime I would like to thank all our partners who have worked hard to get us to this stage.”

Dorian Payne, Managing Director at Castell Group, said: “We are dedicated to making a meaningful impact in communities like Tonyrefail. With groundworks ongoing and works progressing swiftly on both developments, we are proud to be contributing 34 much-needed EPC A rated homes for social rent, helping reduce the housing waiting lists in this area.”

Construction works are due to be complete at the Fruit Warehouse Development by Spring 2025 and at Rhondda Bowl by Summer 2025.