Bargoed building wins more awards

Campaign Series: A side view of Bargoed Library, Hanbury Chapel A side view of Bargoed Library, Hanbury Chapel

A BARGOED building has won another two awards.

Hanbury Chapel’s winning streak continues, with the building having recently received another two prestigious national awards.

The state-of-the-art building, which comprises a library, Customer Service centre, social enterprise café and worship space, has received a string of awards in the year since it opened its doors, and the recent Wales Planning Award and Regeneration and Renewal Award brings the tally to five.

The Wales Planning Award aims to recognise examples of good planning practice in Wales.

In judging the award, the judges ‘were impressed by how a heritage building had been brought back to life as a hub for the community, and how seven floors of diverse activity have been brought together on one site’.

They also commented on how ‘the facility serves both the community and town centre, generating activity, footfall and providing reasons to visit that aren’t links to spend but about community and meeting people’.

Hanbury Chapel is also the proud recipient of a prestigious Regeneration and Renewal Award – having taken the title in the ‘Best Use of Heritage’ category.

In judging the category, the judging panel said that ‘Rather than seeing the church as an obstacle to regeneration, the council has secured the historic fabric in the long term by adapting and extending it.

They have also sustained the original use by adding a range of other facilities’.In addition to these two recent awards, Hanbury Chapel has also received a New Start Better Places award, together with ‘Project of the Year’ from Constructing Excellence in Wales and the Action for Market Towns ‘Social and Community’ award.

Hanbury Chapel is the result of a joint partnership between Caerphilly County Borough Council, United Welsh, the Welsh Government and the Chapel congregation.

For further information on Hanbury Chapel and similar facilities across Caerphilly county borough, please visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk

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