Work on the multi-million pound Pentre Awel project at Delta Lakes in Llanelli is underway.
Site clearance and ground survey work began this week as contractor Bouygues UK began delivering Zone 1 of the development.
Carmarthenshire Council says the development is the first of its kind in Wales to bring together life science innovation, community healthcare and modern leisure facilities.
The council is leading the implementation of the scheme in partnership with the Hywel Dda University Health Board and local universities and colleges, as part of the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.
Pentre Awel will be developed in four zoned phases – Zone 1 will benefit from over £70 million of public sector investment to deliver transformational social and economic benefits to people in the area.
Due for completion in 2024, it will include a state-of-the-art £27m leisure centre; a £1.3million hydrotherapy pool; space for education, research and business development; a clinical research and delivery center with clinical trials at the community level; and a Wellness Competence Center providing health and care training.
Advisors this week received an update on the progress of the first phase of the two-stage design and build contract awarded to Bouygues UK, including detailed costs to ensure affordability as well as site clearance and exploratory work to refine the design.
Discussions are also underway with tenants to design and develop internal configurations.
The council and Bouygues UK are now engaging with local suppliers and traders to highlight a wide range of opportunities to get involved in the construction of Zone 1, and will hold the first of several ‘meet the buyer’ events at Parc y Scarlets in March 30.
Work is also underway to collaborate with the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership, schools, colleges, universities and local employment agencies to ensure that employment and training opportunities for the population are maximized during the construction phase.
Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “This contract is one of the most successful tendering exercises the council has ever undertaken, emphasizing social value to ensure local people and businesses reap the benefits.
“It’s great to see good progress being made on the pre-start-up phase with the start of preliminary works for Zone 1 on site, new designs being developed with input from future tenants and the first of many events to engage with local suppliers and businesses.
“We are grateful to Bouygues UK for providing us with detailed figures so quickly, given the continued volatility in the construction sector due to global events.
“Pentre Awel is a transformational project, and we are thrilled that local people and benefits are already starting to see the benefits.”
Pentre Awel’s exciting project includes integrated care and physical rehabilitation facilities, a wellness skills center that will focus on health and care training, a clinical delivery center to provide multidisciplinary care and a new state-of-the-art recreation center. center, as well as landscaped outdoor public spaces for walking and cycling.
A hotel, a range of social and affordable housing, assisted living facilities and a retirement home are planned for the later phases of the programme.
Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with Cardiff University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University and Coleg Sir Gar, for on-site course delivery. Cardiff University will be the strategic partner for the delivery of innovation and business on site.
(Main image: Carmarthenshire Council)