Refurbishment And Re-Development
Of 8a, High Street, Bargoed.


Bargoed town centre had been in decline for many years, with ever increasing vacant often derelict small shops giving an impression that the once thriving bustling town was now turning into a ghost town. The closure of the two large collieries added to this sense decay. However a major land reclamation project was instigated by the Local Authority to clean up the industrial valley floor which has included a much needed by-pass road, a refurbished railway station & a new bus station. The Local Authority has also sought to re-vitalise the main shopping streets of Cardiff Road, Hanbury Road and High Street, either through compulsory purchase, demolition and re-build or through providing Grant Aid to assist and encourage the private sector to re-invest in the town’s commercial properties.

One such property was 8A High Street. This property was a formally a Green Grocer / florist’s shop with an integral flat over. Sited on the downhill side of the street it also had a basement area.



In 2010, on behalf of our Clients we applied for and obtained a Planning Consent to refurbish and re-develop the shop and flat. With the financial support of an Urban Renewal Grant; the refurbishment and re-development, when completed, will result in the property being totally stripped out and a complete new traditional styled shop front installed. The High Street entrance to the flat will be separated off and a dormer bedroom installed in the roof space.
Thus a good open plan retail space incorporating a Disabled Persons Toilet Facility with basement storage is created for separate occupation to the flat above, maximising the property’s usage and rental potential. Whist the CDM Regulations applied to this development, the Client chose not to engage us to undertake the CDM Co-ordinator’s Role nor provide any site Supervision. Instead he elected to undertake these roles in person.

In undertaking this project Stephen Hiles was returning to his family roots as in 1903 his Great-Grandfather & Grandfather opened a saddlers shop in No41 High Street almost directly opposite this development site. Although the business moved to Hanbury Road in 1906, it remained trading until 1975.