Just been to the pre handover event for the ASD Build project for Hafod Homes in Aberdare this morning.
Compound Security Specialists secured the site from day one using our Raidervision temporary site security system. One Raidervision control system was sufficient to cover the entire site using on average 12 armoured RaiderVision cameras, all backed up by our Rapid Alarm response service. No losses occurred during the 2 year project!
Aberdare Girls School was built in 1913 when the Welsh valleys were very different places. Closed in 2014 this beautiful and important historical centre piece for the local area was not of interest to several developers, but then along came Swallow Hill Homes from Nottingham, who saw the potential in the site.
A new company called ASD Build was formed in partnership with two local, highly skilled brothers, Mike and Mark Hennessey and in conjunction with some skilled architects, a community for over 55s was designed and the plan put in to action. Two years after breaking ground, the project is complete, bar a few internals and the landscaping, comprising 26 flats in the main building and 16 bungalows and two houses to the rear
All of the main building external elements have been preserved as much as possible, including the weather vane and down pipes, all of which were sent away to be completely refurbished. The result is that apart from the modern window materials, Aberdare School looks pretty much as it always has.
I would also like to say particularly well done to Rob Bailey and Mark Hennessey for their decision to use local contractors and suppliers as much as possible with over £1.3m being spent with contractors and suppliers within 10 miles of the site and all staff employed living within 13 miles. This makes a huge difference to communities.
Well done boys. Looking forward to starting the next two projects with you before the year end in Cardiff and Pontypridd.
For more information on this project or ASD Build, go to Aberdare Girls School