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Successful Transfers and Case Studies

Examples of successful asset transfers completed by BCBC in conjunction with community groups:

Carnegie House

During 2013, Bridgend Town Council began planning to relocate its Council Chamber to the former library building founded by Andrew Carnegie in the town centre.  Alongside this, the local arts organisation Bridgend Arts Ltd. had identified that the town centre lacked an arts venue and could not offer space for local artists to meet and present their work.  Through collaboration and following detailed discussions with BCBC, the Town Council relocated to the former public library building in Wyndham Street in January 2014 and renamed Carnegie House / Ty Carnegie to pay tribute to the past.

The first floor of the building accommodates the Town Council Chamber, Board Room and staff office; whilst the ground floor and small gallery on the first floor are designated as the Carnegie House Arts Centre.  The centre aims to provide a high standard of Art and Cultural events, activities and community-based events and workshops.

The Town Council has used its funds to undertake refurbishment of the building which has included: replacing the heating system, renovating and redecorating the ground and first floor rooms (in Edwardian colours), replacing the flooring in the entrance hall, stairs and throughout the first and main hall.

The Town Council has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Wales to develop a programme of events at the venue.

Bryncethin Playing Field and Pavilion

Bryncethin RFC was founded in 1890 and has senior, youth, under-16, three mini teams, a ladies touch rugby team and a mixed age, sex, and ability team.  The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and presently play in the WRU Division Five South Central.  The pavilion was originally built in 1952.

The Club was awarded a 35-year lease in October 2018.  Bryncethin RFC has transformed the dilapidated pavilion at Bryncethin Playing Fields into a community hub.                

The work included an extension, an additional second storey and car park.  The new building included changing rooms, kitchens, an IT suite, a meeting room, a large hall and patio doors onto a balcony.  The building element of the project cost £550k, with BCBC providing funding of £110K from the CAT Fund and £56K via S.106 monies.  The balance of funding was received from Welsh Government (Community Facilities Programme and Rural Development Fund), the National Lottery (People and Places Fund) and the Welsh Rugby Union.

The project was designed by the Vice-Chair, Mr. Phil Jones, a retired chartered surveyor. BCBC provided a total of £110K and the Club obtained further external funding from the Rural Communities Development Fund, Communities Facilities Fund and Welsh Church Act.

The building now houses a nursery five days a week, as well as fitness classes, IT classes, a community café and a youth club.

Bryncethin Playing Field and Pavilion before and after

Bridgend Athletics

Bridgend Athletics was founded in the 1950s, with a team from Bridgend Technical College.  This group evolved into Bridgend Athletics.  In 1997, the grass track was upgraded to a floodlit 300m athletics track and clubhouse.

In 2019, Bridgend County Borough Council awarded £20,000 towards the cost of replacing the track, which was originally laid in 1997.  The new track cost in excess of £100k and was part-funded by Sports Wales, Bridgend Town Council and the club itself.

Bridgend Athletics before and after

Rest Bay Sports

Rest Bay Sports was formed in 2018, to manage, improve, expand and maintain the facilities available to the local community.  Rest Bay Sports represents FC Porthcawl and Porthcawl United. 

Porthcawl United Football Club was founded in 2000 by Tony & Helen Morgan. It was originally established and run as a community football club for Junior (12yrs-16yrs) & Minis (5yrs-11yrs) offering professional coaching to both boys and girls.

FC Porthcawl was established in 2016 and played in the Port Talbot & District Football League. 

Rest Bay playing fields and the pavilion has been home to many sports enthusiasts over the last 38 years. In 2018, the fields were primarily directed towards playing football and rugby, but the facilities were in dire need of refurbishment and modernisation to be brought up to FAW standard and to be in line with community needs. 

Rest Bay Sports were aiming to provide an inclusive community asset, named the “hub”.    BCBC allocated the organisation just over £45,000 towards the cost of redeveloping the pavilion, as well as £10,000 for pitch maintenance from the council’s £1m CAT fund.  The total cost of the works exceeded £80k and the organisation obtained funding from other sources in order to achieve their vision. 

The pavilion was extended and refurbished at first floor level, providing an elevated balcony overlooking the pitch.  The pavilion will become a community hub, enabling people from the local area and beyond to come together.

Rest Bay Sports before and after

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