Regeneration: Maesteg, South Wales

Critical to the appointment, Forest of Dean Stone Firms had to supply its Forest Pennant paving in an incredibly tight timeframe, just four weeks from the date of the contract award, beating their standard lead-time by nearly 40%.

So, in a first for the Gloucestershire-based stone firm it increased production capacity by 50%, running the stoneworks processing equipment 24-hours a day, five days a week.  This ensured that the paving met Bridgend County Borough Council’s deadline without compromising on product choice, quality or finish.

Pennant sandstone from the Forest of Dean was specified as part of the brief, to match an earlier phase of street regeneration.  Forest of Dean Stone Firms won the competitive tender based on its business capability, proven track record and its ability to meet the deadline.

Councillor David Sage, deputy leader for Bridgend County Borough Council, commented:

“Maesteg outdoor market is situated within the town centre conservation area and so the completed scheme had to complement the existing architecture and nearby listed buildings, while also working to create a fresh and vibrant feel to the ‘town in the hills’.  Being native, the Forest Pennant sandstone provides a natural, tonal surface that works well within the town centre and allow us to create a much needed public space, enhanced by public artwork and street furniture.”

Work on the regeneration of Maesteg outdoor market was completed over two phases.

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