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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has started on the next phase of works at Coed Darcy – the regeneration of the former BP Oil Llandarcy Refinery near Neath, West Wales, into a £1.2 billion urban community.

The company has appointed local contractor, Cuddy Group to demolish 40,000 sq ft of disused buildings at the existing entrance of the 1,060-acre site. These works, due for completion next month, will pave the way to creating a new gateway to the visionary urban village, master planned by St. Modwen.

The demolition works kick off the next phase of this 20-year scheme to create 4,000 homes and 500,000 sq ft of commercial development. Cuddy Group will be demolishing parts of the remaining former BP service buildings on site, as well as what is known as the Bath House Complex.

Established during the 1930’s by BP to provide services for the 2,000-strong workforce; the Bath House Complex – which comprises a number of attached buildings, including the clock-in station, medical centre and the Southerly Building, providing the main access to the site – is among six remaining former BP complex buildings.

During the mid 1980s, half of the oil refinery was downsized leaving several redundant properties, including the Bath House Complex, which was later established as a business centre, housing 13 small businesses.

In 2007, a new business centre, Llancoed House and Llancoed Court, was built near to the Complex to provide more modern accommodation, leaving the original buildings vacant.

This new work forms a major step towards creating the new entrance road to the site, which will lead to the realignment of the B4290 and near-by junction, helping to reduce current traffic congestion levels and provide access to the planned residential and commercial developments.

Peter Davies, development surveyor for St. Modwen at Coed Darcy, comments: “In the eight months since St. Modwen acquired the site, we have already demolished a significant amount of disused former BP infrastructure and have made good progress on the remediation work and Area One – the first section planned for residential property development.

“This next phase of the development signifies a major step in our long-term aspirations of transforming the former industrial hub in West Wales into a sustainable, urban development, offering high quality residential properties with retail and community facilities, as well as extensive commercial space and employment opportunities.”

Around 90% of materials generated from the demolition work will be recycled and re-used elsewhere on site, reflecting St. Modwen’s and Cuddy’s core values of committing to sustainable development and eco-friendly construction methods.

Cuddy Group’s senior contracts manager, Peter Smith, explained how the company was selected via a competitive tendering process, and then added: “To be selected to play a part in such a prestigious and important project is a great honour, and I think a testament to the expertise and professionalism that our demolition team is able to demonstrate.

“We are on target to have completed this phase of works by mid February, making way for the next stage of this exciting development.”

The former BP Llandarcy oil refinery was purchased by St. Modwen in May 2008 following selection by BP, the Welsh Assembly Government, Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council and the Princes Foundation.


Caption 1: (L-R) Cuddy Group’s senior contracts manager, Peter Smith with Peter Davies, development surveyor for St. Modwen at Coed Darcy, pictured in front of the medical centre.

Caption 2: Peter Davies, development surveyor for St. Modwen at Coed Darcy, pictured in front of the Bath House Complex.

Caption 3: Peter Davies, development surveyor for St. Modwen at Coed Darcy, pictured in front of the medical centre.

Notes to editors

History of the Bath House Complex:

* Built during the 1930s, the Bath House Complex housed personal lockers and showers and bath facilities for workers.

* The medical center is located on the West side of the complex. When it was in operation, a doctor, nurse and refinery ambulance were in service.

* The Bath House Complex also includes the former telephone exchange Centre known as the Kerswell Building; the Clock in Station and the Southerly Building.

* In the mid-1980s, BP ceased processing crude oil and half of the refinery was closed down, leaving several buildings – including the Bath House – unused.

* BP subsequently set-up D’Arcy developments with a view to finding other uses for the redundant buildings. The Bath House complex was one of these and was handed over to BP D’Arcy in the late 1980s.

* BP changed the interior of the building and established it as a Business Centre for circa 13 small businesses who occupied workshops within.

* At the end of 2007, BP D’Arcy built a new business centre, nearby the existing Bath House Complex, to which those businesses within the Bath House would transfer.

* The new centre, the Llancoed House and Llancoed Court, provides significantly more modern accommodation and contained 17 workshops plus office accommodation. The businesses are fully operational within this building to date.

* The development of the new Centre therefore allowed vacant possession of the Bath House, which has enabled St. Modwen to reach demolition stage.

The Coed Darcy development

The £1.2 million Coed Darcy project is one of Europe’s largest brownfield redevelopment sites and is the biggest regeneration project of its kind in Wales. Situated at the former BP Llandarcy oil refinery near Neath in West Wales, the 1,043 acre site is located off Junction 43 of the M4. Coed Darcy is currently the largest development in St. Modwen’s South West/ South Wales portfolio of 11 other sites in these two regions.

St. Modwen purchased the former BP refinery in May 2008, following a selection process involving BP; the Welsh Assembly Government; Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and The Prince’s Foundation for the built Environment. Remediation and infrastructure work is currently taking place to enable the transformation of the land into a sustainable mixed-use community and urban village. The entire development will take between 20-25 years to complete.

St. Modwen’s current master plan, which has outline planning permission, includes 4,000 residential properties; around 500,000 sq ft of new employment accommodation; a secondary school, three primary schools and retail and community facilities.

In Wales, St. Modwen owns 2,400 acres land including the Coed Darcy site and Glan Llyn- the £1 billion regeneration development located on the former Corus site in Llanwern, Newport.

Progress made at Coed Darcy (since May 2008)

– 400 acres (equating to 160 rugby fields) of the Phase 1 remediation plan are complete, representing 95% of the developable land in this area.

– 15,000m of cast and stainless steel former oil pipelines have been removed – this is the distance from Neath to Swansea.

– Landfill restoration is complete with 400,000 tonnes of material remediated on site and placed (excluding landscaping).

– Oil recovery is underway with recycling on site and off-site. On target to have recycled 100,000 litres by the end of January 2009 – enough to fill 2,000 tanks of fuel in the average family car and predict extracting and recycling 1,000,000 litres by the end of 2009.

– The Phase 2 remediation is progressing with the removal of 100,000 tonnes of concrete, which will be crushed and recycled on-site for use as hardcore.

– 70,000 plant and machinery hours completed.

– 20,000 hours of remediation and engineering design completed.

St. Modwen Properties plc

St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, operating across the full spectrum of the property industry through a network of seven regional offices and a Birmingham based head office. The company is wholly focussed upon regeneration with expertise in town centre regeneration, partnering industry, brownfield land renewal and heritage restoration.

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