Caernarfon Waterfront and Town Centre Regeneration Initiative
“Improving the town as a place to live, work and visit”
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Economic Development Cabinet Member:
“The Council and our partners have identified the waterfront area of Caernarfon as a key redevelopment area. Through a range of exciting projects, we firmly believe that this historic area of Caernarfon can look forward to a bright future.
Work is progressing well on the Galeri 2 project, the new Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways station along with Cei Llechi. Through these projects, we are looking to deliver a shared vision with a number of key local partners that will provide a major boost for local residents, businesses and visitors.”
Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) 2014-17
In November 2014, Gwynedd Council and its partners were successful in securing the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty – Vibrant and Viable Places fund. The funding was crucial in enabling Gwynedd Council to implement a programme of projects in the Town. The programme included;
- Empty Shops Initiative
- Mentro Mlaen
- Business Improvement District
- Beics Menai
- Island Site - Cei Llechi
- Welsh Highland Railway Terminus
- Caernarfon Castle
- Housing projects
Tourism Attractor Destinations (TAD) 2017-20
The VVP programme finished in April 2017. As a result of the initial VVP investment (£2.6m), the second phase of redevelopment was successfully secured, with the announcement in October 2016 that Gwynedd Council had attracted funding through the Tourism Attractor Destinations 2017-20 worth £12m. The confirmation of TAD funding, following on from the VVP investment, meant that Cyngor Gwynedd had secured £15m towards key strategic priorities. The TAD project led by Visit Wales, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
The package ensured that 3 of the Town’s prominent organisations – Galeri, Caernarfon Harbour Trust and Welsh Highland Railway can improve their offer considerably and were able to begin work on redeveloping some parts of Caernarfon that have been derelict for decades.
The TAD project started in April 2017, where Phil McGrath joined the Regeneration Team as Caernarfon Waterfront Initiative Project Manager. Details on the individual projects can be found below;
Galeri 2 – new full time 2 screen cinema, additional offices and creative work space.
Caernarfon Harbour Trust – redevelop Cei Llechi – Island Site to 19 artisan business units, 3 holiday flat’s.
Welsh Highland Railway – developing a new Terminus on St Helen’s Road.
Access & Linkages – improving the linkages between the strategic sites in Town.
Update April 2018
Galeri 2 – the building structure is complete and watertight. The cinema is expected to open by the end of summer 2018.
Caernarfon Harbour Trust – the project is at tender stage for the main contractor, with construction work due to start in summer 2018.
Welsh Highland Railway – the building structure has been completed. The new terminus is expected to open its doors in September 2018.
Access & Linkages – Stage 1 of the project is complete. Stage 2 of the project will be undertaken in the final year of the project.
Bedwyr Williams - The STAMP project has commissioned an artist, Bedwyr Williams, to bring an artistic influence to the project and he has been working with the design teams for the Harbour Trust and the Railway.