LLANELLI’S multi-million-pound Pentre Awel project has been given the go ahead by the UK and Welsh Governments.
Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Emlyn Dole has welcomed the announcement which secures the future of the project bringing huge benefits to the people of Llanelli and Carmarthenshire.
It means that £40million of Swansea Bay City Deal funding can be drawn down to help deliver the landmark scheme on the 83-acre site at Delta Lakes.
Pentre Awel will be the first development of its scope and size in Wales and will bring together life science innovation, community healthcare and modern leisure facilities all at one location along the Llanelli coastline.
The research and development will help to push the boundaries of understanding of what it means to live well. Pentre Awel will be home to big science and small start-ups, established businesses and new kids on the block. All working in partnership with universities and colleges and the health board to make life better.
The exciting project includes integrated care and physical rehabilitation facilities to enable the testing and piloting of life science technologies aimed at enhancing independent and assisted living. A well-being skills centre will focus on health and care training, along with a clinical delivery centre to deliver multi-disciplinary care closer to home.
The new leisure centre will bring state-of-the-art sports and fitness facilities to the people of Llanelli and the surrounding area with include a 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool, new top-of-the-range gym, eight-court sports hall and an adventure play area for young children.
The development will bring a wide range of employment opportunities creating almost 2,000 jobs including apprenticeships, and is expected to boost the local economy by a staggering £467million.
It is planned to start work on zone one this autumn, once a main contractor is in place, with an estimated completion date of autumn 2023 for this part of the scheme.
Cllr Dole said: “This is the news we have been waiting for and it means that we can start to deliver this exciting development for the future of Llanelli and Carmarthenshire and for the benefit of our residents.
“It will transform the provision of health and wellbeing locally; it will bring new jobs and skills for local people and boost the reputation of the area by pioneering new ways of thinking about wellbeing for the 21st century.
“This is a truly original development, with innovation at its heart. No other place will bring together all the dimensions of modern health like Pentre Awel providing community healthcare and modern leisure facilities all in one place.
“This project will put Llanelli and Carmarthenshire on the map as a global example of best practice, attracting even further investment in the area, and helping the local economy as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.”
Pentre Awel is being delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board, Universities and Colleges. Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with Coleg Sir Gar, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University and Cardiff University for the delivery of courses on site.
The development also includes assisted living accommodation, along with a nursing home, a hotel, and elements of both open market and social and affordable housing which will be delivered in zones two, three and four. Landscaped outdoor public spaces for recreation with walking and cycling paths will benefit from spectacular views across the Loughor Estuary and Carmarthen Bay.