LoftCo are shortlisted by RICS

The PumpHouse Barry

The Barry Pumphouse has been shortlisted by RICS in both the Regeneration and Conservation categories for 2016. Indeed the regeneration of the Pumphouse has been described as a 'catalyst for the whole town'.

The award showcases outstanding work in conservation and exceptional improvements to urban projects that have conserved the built environment in a way that has contributed to the viability of the area. The landmark building has been restored, with a coffee shop, restaurant and gym and 15 live/work apartments, but the impact could help revitalise the town itself.

The Barry Pumping Station was built in the 1880s to provide hydraulic power to the docks. And now the regeneration of the landmark building could help power the redevelopment of the South Wales seaside town. In 1913 Barry was the largest coal exporting port in Wales and the Pumphouse was at the heart of it. But 100 years later it had become a wreck. Yet in little more than a year the building has been carefully restored to accommodate a cafe, restaurant, 24-hour gym and 15 live/work spaces. And the developer Simon Baston of DS Properties feels that the restoration of the Pumphouse is an important moment in the regeneration of Barry as a whole.

Work began on the building in December 2014 after Mr Baston purchased the property from Vale of Glamorgan council. And the redevelopment was strongly supported by the council. Mr Baston said:“It has had a brilliant reception to date and is a truly iconic building. This area is now the centre of Barry's redevelopment and all credit to the local authority ensuring the buildings sustainable future .” The scheme is now fully let, with the cafe, restaurant and gym already open.