Elevation of planned refurbishment for Port Talbot Plaza Cinema

Port Talbot: community facility plans offer new future for 1950 cinema

The conversion of Port Talbot’s Plaza cinema is a major step closer after the local authority’s planning committee approved development plans for a mixed-use community facility with cafe, hall, gym and multi-purpose rooms. The building, which is Grade II listed, has been empty for 20 years and is in a dilapidated state with a large hole in the roof and vegetation growing within the building. But now, in a £6.5m project led by Neath Port Talbot Council, the art deco building is to be transformed into a new community and…

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Artist impression of refurbished Co-op site, Colchester

Colchester “eyesore” site to host homes, shops and restaurants

Work will finally start on developing a former Co-op two years after plans were approved. The old Co-op building on the corner of Long Wyre Street in Colchester has been an eyesore for years since the supermarket giant moved out. In September 2017 plans to turn the building into five new restaurants and two shops, as well as 24 apartments were given the go ahead by Colchester Council. But the plans fell stagnant and the building has become a target for antisocial behaviour and rough sleepers. Rose Builders has now…

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Cover image from Brilliant Buildings

How local authorities are creating a ‘leisure legacy’ for the UK – report

To coincide with the publication of Willmott Dixon’s research, Brilliant Buildings: creating a leisure legacy, the firm’s leisure specialist Nick Mennell discusses how councils are leading the way on improving facilities. Article sponsored by Willmott Dixon. Our leisure centre sector is more buoyant and diverse than ever, and we have local authorities to thank for that. Twenty years ago, a leisure centre could be one of two things: an up-market private gym with pool and sauna, or a functional municipal facility. Not anymore. High-end gym-and-swim solutions no longer dominate. Local…

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