I joined the Carmarathenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust (CHRT) as a Trustee in 2008, in 2011 I had the opportunity to apply for the role of Chief Executive. This became what has been one of my most challenging roles to date and required the widest skill set.
I was involved, not just with the day to day management of CHRT’s Project Team, but also the running of a Charity, an ominous task alone, and the delivery, of what was at the time, one of the largest restoration projects in Wales.
Plas Llanelly House is cited by Cadw as one of the finest Georgian Town Houses in Wales and is listed as Grade I. Its derelict state in the centre of Llanelli and its potential to form a key component of a wider regeneration strategy for the town helped secure the funding for its restoration.
CHRT had a staff team of 8 lead by a Project Director and a large professional project team. John Weavers were the Main Contractors for the restoration.
The professional team included:
- Austin Smith Lord as executive Architects
- Craig Hamilton Architet as Conservation Architects
- Parry and Dawkin: Quantity Surveyors
Once the restoration was complete there was a further project to create a state of the art visitor expericence, this was undertaken by Atlas AV.
I had to co-ordinate a complicated funding package with all the funders having different objectives and claim proceedures. The principal funders were:
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Welsh European Funding Office
- Welsh Assembly: Cadw, Visit Wales and the Community Facilities and Activities Programme
- a number of smaller trusts and donors
Plas Llanelly House is now open to the public. Please visit!
CHRT are a registred charity and a limited company. They acted as a Building Preservation Trust to deliver the project. BPTs are present all over Wales and the UK and are trying to do the very difficult job of restoring historic derelict buildings which have somehow fallen through the gaps. Other significant projects being undertaken and run by BPTs in Wales include Cardigan Castle and the Mynchlog Fawr Farm House and buildings at Strata Florida.