New life for two historic buildings at Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site
A PRESERVATION project has started on two historic buildings at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site.
It will prevent the future decay and collapse of the site's almost 200-year-old laboratory and power house buildings.
The work forms part of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Development Project, led by Swansea University and the council, to breathe new life into the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.
Professor Huw Bowen, who's leading the project team on behalf of the university, said: "The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site was once at the epicentre of the world's copper industry.
"Many thousands of people across Swansea will have family who once worked there but the site had fallen into disrepair over the years, meaning there was a danger its story and legacy would be lost for generations to come.
"This is why we're now working so closely with Swansea Council on a project that will preserve and celebrate the site."
The two buildings are among 12 grade two listed buildings and features on site and listed building consent was granted before the works could start.
As part of the work rotten timbers are being removed, loose brickwork is being reconstructed and overgrown vegetation is being cleared.
As well as the consolidation works, the first phase has also included the clearance of overgrown vegetation and the opening up of trails and paths for guided tours in future.
Information panels detailing the site's history and a piece of public art at the gateway to the site will also be added.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The plan in the long-term is for a mixed-use, heritage-led destination on site that will become a key feature of Swansea's cultural and educational tourism offer.
"We need to be doing all we can to protect our culture, especially at a time when we're on the shortlist to become UK City of Culture 2017 – a status that could generate millions of pounds for the local economy."