Derelict Jennings Building on Porthcawl seafront set for a new lease of life

The historic Jennings Building on Porthcawl seafront is set to get a new lease of life.

Plans have been submitted for the Grade II-listed building which include a theatre-style kitchen restaurant complete with a full-height atrium, as well as further smaller café and food establishments with views overlooking the sea.

Thirteen units will also be created on the first floor, which will be suitable for both living and working – each unit will combine office space suitable for small creative industries together with a loft bedroom area.

See the plans for the new-look Jennings Building

The proposals come after Bridgend Council announced a successful bid for the conversion and redevelopment of the building by South Wales-based developers ABA Holdings.

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ABA Holdings was selected as the preferred bidder for the Jennings Building following a tender process and the proposals are subject to planning approval.

Council Leader Mel Nott said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce these exciting plans for a building which is part of the fabric of Porthcawl’s history.

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“The development will bring with it up to 30 local jobs during construction and in excess of 80 permanent jobs when completed.

“The restoration of the Jennings Building forms an important part of our ongoing regeneration plans for the town so that Porthcawl can develop and flourish as a first-class 21st century coastal resort that retains the character which has made it such a popular place to visit over so many years.

“This announcement follows the completion of Porthcawl Marina last year as well as the recent news that the Porthcawl Harbourside Community Interest Company has been awarded money from the Coastal Communities Fund to help them develop plans for a new maritime centre.”

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He added: “We will also soon be making an announcement regarding the Porthcawl Townscape Heritage Initiative which will see a number of historic buildings around the harbour and square restored to their former glory using traditional materials and methods.

“I am pleased that we have reached this phase of Porthcawl’s regeneration and I hope that local residents will be excited by the plans for the Jennings Building.”

Building has been used as indoor skating park

Built in 1832, the Jennings Building is widely considered to be one of the few remaining early dockside warehouse buildings from its era in South Wales. It was originally constructed as the southern terminus of the Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl horse-drawn tram road, which was used to transport iron and coal from the Llynfi Valley.

The building’s name dates from 1911 when it was used by the timber importers Jennings and Co. In recent years it has been used as an indoor skating park.

If approved, renovation work will begin in the autumn ready for an anticipated opening date in early 2016.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/derelict-jennings-building-porthcawl-seafront-8770689