A LANDMARK Aberdare building is all set to reopen in the summer after undergoing a major £73,000 refurbishment.
The historic Market Tavern, built in the early 1850s, is being transformed with extensive repairs to the building’s interior and exterior.
The external façade of the building will get a new lease of life with the replacement of upvc doors and windows with more appropriate timber versions.
There will also be extensive refurbishment works inside the Grade II-listed building, including the replacement of customer toilets, kitchen fittings and the resurfacing of the rear yard of the property.
The project work costs more than £73,000 with a funding offer of £50,000 being made through the council.
Manager Jeremy Collins said: “We are absolutely delighted with the funding available for such an important project which will help us re-open the Tavern following almost two years of closure.
“There is already an army of people inside the building working on the extensive renovation of the property.
“We are maintaining original features and not making major structural alterations to the property, but the transformation will be incredible.”
Renovation of the historic building is seen as an important part of the council’s Aberdare town centre regeneration scheme.
Cabinet member for Economic Development and Safer Communities Coun Paul Cannon said: “Creating a visually attractive town centre is proposed to increase confidence in the town and encourage private sector investment.
“This in turn should generate local employment opportunities, increase the amount of visitors, create stronger and more diverse businesses, and foster a vibrant and sustainable economic centre.
“The opportunity to enhance Aberdare’s townscape provides a unique opportunity to have an architecturally exemplar town.
“We look forward with much anticipation to the works being carried out at the Market Tavern and other historic buildings throughout the town centre.”
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