Works completed on major £12m Denbigh development
GRWP Cynefin board members and chief executive are one of the first people granted special access to view the completed £12million supplementary care housing scheme in Denbigh.
“As board members, we are absolutely thrilled to see Awel y Dyffryn come to its completion stage after many months of discussion and planning and all within the challenges of a global pandemic,” said said Carys Edwards, Chairman of Grwp Cynefin.
“But of course the most important people have already been there, the new tenants and their families who in recent weeks have seen the apartments and all the amenities on offer.
“We are delighted that tenants have now begun the process of moving in safely, a few at a time.”
Awel y Dyffryn is one of five additional Grwp Cynefin care facilities, this being the most ambitious project to date.
It consists of 42 two-bedroom apartments and 24 one-bedroom apartments for seniors who wish to live independently in their own home. However, care and support is available if they need it.
Also on site is a supported housing project offering 24-hour care and support for eight people.
A joint project in partnership with Denbighshire County Council with financial support from the Welsh Government, the facility was developed by contractor RL Davies and Son Ltd, of Colwyn Bay.
Shan Lloyd Williams, Managing Director of Grŵp Cynefin, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the facilities after so many months of hard work and determination to get to this stage.
“I have to thank the build team, our staff and all the partners involved for achieving this fantastic goal. The build and design quality is second to none.
“The building has been created around walled landscaped gardens for people to enjoy with the Clwydian Hills as a backdrop to one side and the historic buildings of Denbigh and its castle to the other.
“There are great socializing areas, a hair salon, laundry room and a large glass-enclosed restaurant with comfortable, modern apartments that residents can decorate and furnish to their liking.
“I have no doubt that people will settle in well and enjoy the peace and quiet that Awel y Dyffryn offers.”
Program manager Manon Jones said Awel y Dyffryn should establish itself as a vibrant center within the town’s community, with regular activities including intergenerational work between residents and the community, schools and local clubs.
Community benefits from Awel y Dyffryn and other Grwp Cynefin projects will support the refurbishment of the Buttermarket building in Denbigh, a significant heritage development, formerly known as Denbigh College.
Third sector organizations such as Vale of Clwyd Mind, Age Connects and Menter Iaith will relocate to the Buttermarket site, which will also feature a strong community element and tourism potential. Work should begin in the fall.
Grwp Cynefin is proud to report that 88% of the work contracted to on-site contractors during the development of Awel y Dyffryn was from Wales, with 50% of the contractors based within 30 miles of the site. Employee training during construction totaled 136 weeks, ensuring the next generation of employees have plenty of opportunities to grow and develop their skills.
Tenants have now started moving into the complex, in a phased process to minimize any risk of Covid-19.
Awel y Dyffryn staff will be on hand to support more and more residents as they settle into their new individual apartments over the coming weeks.
Residents of Awel y Dyffryn will be able to come and go as they please, enjoying visits from friends and family as they wish.
The focus is on independence with a range of social events and activities also on offer. A daily meal served at the restaurant is also an opportunity to catch up and socialize.
Carys Edwards added: “Additional Care is a home away from home, where tenants have their own front door and complete independence.
“Being here at Awel y Dyffryn definitely gives you a comforting hug as you walk through the door.
“It’s a haven within your own community, providing comfortable worry-free living while giving peace of mind to family and friends.”
Shan Lloyd Williams said: “I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved here at Awel y Dyffryn.
“We know from our additional care facilities in Holyhead, Porthmadog, Bala and Ruthin that this concept works well for individuals and their families.
“I can’t wait to go back to hear from the residents themselves, how they are settling in.”
Some apartments are still available to rent – and those interested should contact Grwp Cynefin on [email protected] or 0300 1112122.
Those wishing to tour the facilities are invited to do so at an open event, between 4-7 p.m. on March 8.
Reservation is essential.