A year after building work began, Merthyr Tydfil’s new bus station is beginning to look like the finished article, with both the glass frontage and stone cladding almost complete.
Future users, including workers such as bus drivers, café proprietor, the police and public, can now see the building taking shape.
Roofing is also well underway and the station’s external areas and street works are nearing completion, allowing members of the public to once again access the periphery of High Street Chapel.
“Work on the glazed façade will help make the building weathertight,” said Ross Williams, project manager for main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction. “The internal partitions are progressing, creating real spaces and helping the building take shape and become a reality.
“Progress has been very good over the past few months - we have an average of 60 to 70 workers on site at any one time, and will continue to increase pace and activity as the project develops.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas said: “After a year on site, including carrying out all the painstaking necessary groundworks before construction could even begin, it’s really exciting to now see the artist’s impression come to life.
“It’s a beautiful design which manages to both blend into the environment and catch the eye - through the natural blue pennant stone walling and cladding, and roof following the profile of the Brecon Beacons in the distance.
“Morgan Sindall Construction are doing an excellent job and we look forward to the next milestone in the development.”
• The new station is being built on the site of the former police station in Swan Street, with an expected completion date of spring next year.
Welsh Government awarded the County Borough Council £10m funding for the station, which will be located closer to the town’s railway station, to complement its significant investment in the Core Valley Lines Rail Network.