Demolition of Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital completed
The demolition of Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital has been completed to make way for a housing development.
The hospital closed its doors for the final time in November last year as staff and patients are transferred to the new Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
Eighty-two homes will now stand in its place – but the historic Beeches building will remain.
The Beeches was built in 1924 and was paid for by the miners of the Rhymney Valley after they each put aside 6d out of their weekly wage of 12s 6d to raise the £30,000 needed.
Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage started the completion of the demolition of the historic former Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital on Monday.
He said: “I’m happy to be here today and delighted that work to build these much-needed properties is now able to begin. Providing good quality, affordable homes for people across Wales is one of my key priorities. That work is made easier when innovative partnerships such as the one behind this project identify ways to help us meet the growing demand.”
The Beeches Village development is being backed by housing association United Welsh and developer Lovell and has support from Caerphilly Council and the Welsh Government.
The 82 homes will be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes, and a mixture of sale and rental properties.
The £9.6 million scheme is due to be completed in Summer 2014.Follow @CaerphillyObsvr