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Cwmbran development wins ‘Best Small Housing Association Development’ award

Michael Thacker Court was a special development for us and for the local community – and now it has won an award for its design and construction.

Written by Will

14 Oct, 2022

A group of people stood by a street sign

We are proud to share the news that our recent development at Michael Thacker Court, St. Dials, Cwmbran has won the prestigious ‘Best Small Housing Association Development’ award for Wales from Local Authority Building Control (LABC.)

The development, which was completed in July 2021, consists of a range of 17 dwellings:

  • Eight 1-bedroom flats
  • Seven 2-bedroom houses
  • Two 3-bedroom houses, one of which has been adapted for independent living

Winning this award demonstrates the high standards of Melin’s housing developments and reflects the hard work of staff from Melin and its contractors, in this case CJ Construction (Wales) Ltd and architects LeTrucco Design.

We’re delighted to have won the Wales award for Best Small Housing Association Development. This development took place through the pandemic and presented a range of unique challenges, but we were really pleased with the outcome. To see it recognised by industry stakeholders is very special and we would like to thank all those who worked with us to see the development come to fruition.

Gerrard Williams, Director of Development — Melin Homes

The development stands on the site of the old Blenheim School and in addition to the new homes, features a children’s play area. We worked with local school, Blenheim Road Community Primary, to name the development in honour of Corporal Michael Thacker of the Royal Welsh, who lost his life in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2012. Corporal Thacker came from the local area and the development was named in his honour at a ceremony attended by his family, members of the armed forces, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP for Torfaen, Councillor Richard Clark and local representatives last year.

LABC awards are prestigious in the building industry and are awarded by Local Authority Building Control, an umbrella body which represents building control officers and local authorities from the whole of Wales and England.

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