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Swansea affordable housing development is officially the best in Wales.

Swansea affordable housing development is officially the best in Wales.

LABC award ceremony One of our Swansea affordable housing developments is officially the best in Wales.

Gwalia's Tŷ Llew development had already been named as the best Regional Social or Affordable Housing Development at the Local Authority Building Control Awards in June of this year. At the national awards held this week Tŷ Llew was crowned the best in Wales.

Built by Hale Construction for not for profit housing provider, Gwalia, and funded by a £750,000 Social Housing Grant and £540,000 of private finance, Tŷ Llew provides 13 affordable homes in Waun Wen, just 1 mile from Swansea city centre. 

Remaining sensitive to the former St Mark’s Church which stood on the Lion Street site, Gwalia’s Development and New Business Project Manager behind the plans for the site, Rosy Steel, incorporated historical artefacts from the former church in the design.

She said: “We recovered and reused important church artefacts including the stained-glass windows in the stair hall, the commemorative Parish Hall stone in the communal garden, and natural stone on the external façade. The basement car park is clad on two sides using reclaimed stone from the original church walls. 

By doing this, not only did we preserve the heritage associated with the site but we also reduced the amount of waste generated at the site.

Gwalia’s Executive Director for Customer Services Richard Davies said developing sustainable housing to meet the demands of an ever changing society and environment is a major challenge.

He said: “Gwalia are addressing the need for good quality affordable and sustainable housing through developments such as Tŷ Llew. 

Some of the challenges we faced on Tŷ Llew included environmental sustainability, but the design and the materials used help the development achieved Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, plus an additional six credits under the Ene 1 category.”

Gwalia are extremely fortunate to have a development team who are committed to looking at new ways of providing affordable housing in the face of decreasing funding. This award doesn’t just recognise the work of one person, it recognises that we all work as a team to provide low costing, high quality housing in mid and south west Wales.