Work begins to support ex-servicemen and women at Clydach war memorial hospital
Work is underway to preserve the heritage of a Swansea Valley war memorial and transform a former hospital ground into new homes.
Plans for the site encompass the historical and emotional connection residents have with Clydach War Memorial Hospital, which was built for the community by the community, through contributions from residents to support veterans returning from the WWI.
We have formed a partnership with Alabaré, as part of their Wales Homes for Veterans Initiative, to provide accommodation for homeless and vulnerable ex-service personnel.
Director of Development and New Business Jonathan Hughes said Gwalia will work with the local community to ensure that safe access to the War Memorial is available by arrangement during construction.
“The War Memorial will be sensitively restored as part of the project to retain a building which has such significance and heritage attached to it,” he said. “To the rear of the main building are a series of outbuildings, plant rooms and buildings which were used for treatment. These buildings will be demolished and in their place will be ten new homes, including two and three-bedroom houses and bungalows.”
Four apartments within the historic frontage will form part of the charity’s Wales Homes for Veterans initiative. The remainder of the building will be demolished to make way for new houses, to meet the demand for affordable accommodation within the Clydach area, and bungalows for older people or those in need of low-level access accommodation.
Hale Construction are in the process of preparing for the site for development. This includes protecting the war memorial while demolition of outbuildings takes place. Work behind the scenes to provide suitable accommodation and support for ex-service personnel is also underway with the support of Alabaré.
Mr Hughes added: “This valuable partnership with Alabaré both safeguards the War Memorial and acts as a living tribute to the men and women who’ve given so much in service to their country.”
Janet Herring, Care & Support Director at Alabaré said: “We are delighted to be working with Gwalia on this development in Clydach. Our Wales Homes for Veterans initiative is already providing homes and support to vulnerable ex-Armed Forces personnel in areas across Wales, helping Veterans to return to successful, independent lives. This development will ensure that this personalised support will be available to Veterans in the local area.”