Leadbitter wins £7.2m extra care contract


Developer to build high-spec development in South Wales

The Leadbitter Group has won a £7.2m contract to build an extra care apartment scheme in Barry, South Wales.

Commissioned by Hafod Care Association, the project, known as Golau Caredig, has been designed by Cardiff-based architectural practice, Pentan Partnership, and is being constructed on the site of Barry’s former cinema.

An unusual building, it will comprise 42 high-specification apartments over eight floors with a restaurant on the top floor, together with an internal atrium to provide natural light throughout. In addition, the external iron columns and projector room shutters from the original cinema will be preserved and incorporated into the new building. The original New Theatre sign will also be saved.

Charlie Scherer, regional director of Leadbitter’s West and Wales division, said: “We are looking forward to working on this unusual development, which will bring much-needed extra care accommodation to the town of Barry.”

Extra care apartments are designed to enable older people to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, with care support on hand should they need it.

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Robert Wathen, manager director of Hafod Care, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Welsh Government, The Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council and Leadbitter to deliver the first extra care facility in the area.”