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First new homes completed at Maes Maendu development, Brecon

Andrew Collins, contracts manager at J.G. Hale Construction, hands the keys to the first plots at Maes Maendu, Brecon, to Simone Hodges, project manager for Powys Council. Credit: Adrian White

The first plots at the low-carbon Maes Maendu development in Brecon have been formally handed over to Powys County Council, by contractor, J.G. Hale Construction.

Powys County Council began building the development – its first affordable housing development for social rent in over 40 years – in February 2020, as part of their wider target to build 250 low-carbon homes over the next five years, in line with Vision 2025.

J.G. Hale Construction’s contracts manager, Andrew Collins, was joined by project manager for Powys County Council, Simone Hodges to mark the important milestone at the Brecon site.

The £5.1m development is Powys County Council’s first affordable housing development for social rent in over 40 years, and provides a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom low-carbon accommodation available at an affordable rent.

The innovative and attractive scheme has utilised home-grown Welsh timber within its construction, utilised for timber frame and cladding, supporting Powys County Council’s Wood Encouragement Policy. It has been commended by members of the BBNPA planning committee for its commitment to providing recreational space, active travel, sustainability, placemaking and environmental features.

J.G. Hale Construction is a Wales-based firm recognised for its commitment to innovative, eco-friendly design, quality materials and finishes and sustainable building practices. The company is committed to using local sub-contractors and suppliers.

J.G. Hale Construction has worked closely with the local community of Brecon, to provide a range of Community Benefit and employment opportunities throughout the development.

Three individuals from the local areas were providing with labouring positions on site, with further work experience placements facilitated, totalling 229 Targeted Recruitment and Training weeks on site.

In collaboration with Powys County Council, the partnership has donated to Brecon Foodbank, alongside assisting with improvement work to the Swales and access paths to Maen Du well.

The new residents at Maes Maendu have been joined by a number of birds, who have recently moved into the nesting boxes situated around the development, as well as a pair of mallard ducks.

David Harrhy, Managing Director at J.G. Hale Construction, said:

“We are delighted to be handing over the first of 32 properties to Powys County Council. The innovative, low-carbon homes are a fantastic addition to the existing Powys housing stock, providing high quality living spaces for the local community.”

Andrew Collins, Contracts Manager at J.G Hale Construction, said:

“The scheme has been a tremendous achievement, overcoming many challenges, including Covid-19 working restrictions, storm Dennis, material delays and reductions to the workforce (due to Covid isolation). Considering each of these barriers, we are especially pleased to be handing over the first properties ahead of the contract completion date. I would like to extend a thank you to all those involved with the excellent cohesion of stakeholders, consultants, and site team along with the hard work of our supply chain.”