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Major regeneration scheme secures new £750k in grants

How the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks looks today as it undergoes regeneration.

A council project to bring new life to the historic Hafod-Morfa Copperworks has secured an extra £750,000 in grant support.

The scheme, that’s due to see Welsh distillery Penderyn open an attraction in the site’s disused powerhouse next year, will also help the council redevelop other under-used areas of the Lower Swansea Valley.

The powerhouse scheme’s latest grants are from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (£250,000) and the Welsh Government’s Regional Capital Stimulus Funding Programme (£500,000).

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “This initiative is going to be a big boost for our regeneration work.”

He plans to detail the new grants and progress on site to the council’s cabinet on September 15.

Part of the copperworks site, close to the Swansea.com Stadium, is being revamped by Swansea firm John Weaver Contractors on behalf of the council.

The work was made possible thanks to an initial £3.75m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales. Additional works to other historical buildings in the vicinity were supported by Welsh Government regeneration funding.