New homes bring new purpose to Aberdare Girls’ School

As works to transform the former Aberdare Girls’ School receives its finishing touches, guests were invited to a launch event to celebrate the development of 44 new homes.

Originally built in 1908, Aberdare Girls’ School was a state secondary school for girls aged 11–18 and became a well-known building within the local community.  Over 100 years later, in July 2014, the school gates closed for the very last time as a new super school was introduced, replacing three existing schools in the area.

Working in partnership, Hafod, ASD Build and RCT Council were keen to give another 100 years life to the building to create new memories for new generations.

The school building has been converted to provide 26 one and two-bedroom apartments for over 55s and a further two houses and 16 one and two-bedroom bungalows in the surrounding grounds which are available to rent.

The development includes 17 wheelchair adapted homes in total.

At the event, local trades who worked on the development, local councillors and representatives from partner organisations were joined by past pupils and teachers to look around and see the work that’s gone into this high quality development. Guests took a trip down memory lane with the old school bell chiming and enjoying milk and biscuits for refreshments.

Mark Hennessey, Managing Director at ASD Build Ltd, said: “As historic building conservation specialists and in line with our company values, we wanted to break the mold and do things a little bit different by regenerating a building that is not only important to the local community, but holds a thousand memories for past generations.”

Elke Winton, Director of Housing and Support at Hafod commented: “‘This development will provide 44 much needed homes to those who need them the most in the Aberdare area. I believe that this site creates a great opportunity for a new community to form due to the wide range of people who will be moving in and that residents will have happy lives here’”

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