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22nd Jun 2017

Market House on Commercial Street was built in 1730.  Over the years, it has housed a number of outlets, including Hughes the Stationers and lately, a second hand store.

We are working in Partnership with Torfaen Council through the Pontypool Investment Fund, to convert the Grade II listed building into six, one-bed flats and a retail space.

The project received funding of £615,090 from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration Fund.

Contractors R&M Williams will carry out the work, which will take about 12 months to complete.

Alan Brunt, our chief executive, said:  “By breathing new life into historic properties like Market House, we are helping to bring more affordable housing to Torfaen, which is a top priority for us

“I’m proud to say that once again, our That Works Training Academy will provide opportunities for young people to train and gain skills on-site that will stand them in good stead for finding employment.”

Robert Panou, Bron Afon's Development Manager, said: “We are conscious of the need to preserve the heritage of Market House, so there will be a sympathetic new rear extension and a sensitive restoration of the front part of the building.”

Cath Thomas, Head of Economy, Enterprise and Environment, Torfaen Council said: “It has been fantastic to see a number of historic buildings in the town revitalised and given a new lease of life through the Pontypool Investment Fund. 

This latest project creates much needed homes that in turn will bring greater footfall into the town centre.”

Market House is the latest property conversion we have carried out in Pontypool town centre  through the Pontypool Investment Fund. Other projects include the former Greyhound pub and old offices at 37 Clarence Street.  We have also recently begun renovation work at Henry Hughes House on Clarence Street.