For this project we are preserving historic Grade II* listed architecture whilst installing state-of-the-art modern energy efficient improvements - and is a huge undertaking.
The historic building, the earliest known car showroom to be built in Wales, needed refurbishment, repair and conversion work - and as standard, there are strict rules and procedures to follow for a building of such importance.
Two contracts in building
SWG Group was first awarded the contract for the internal works at the building but has since been awarded the contract for the reparations of the externals of the building.
The building at the junction of Temple Street, Spa Road East and Princes Ave was built in 1906-11 at a cost of £11,000 and is one of the very earliest surviving car showroom examples in the UK.
Everyone knows it for the recognisable white faience in the facades of the building, and for the Art Nouveau style detail, especially its doors.
Over the years the building has been extended and adapted for various different uses such as the National Cycle Museum, offices and business units.
Historians say it is firmly established as having national importance, so we knew only the best staff and contractors could do this job justice.
Powys County Council owns the building and has committed to preserving it.
So, how do you achieve this?
We are currently on site constructing a new fire rated glazed partition system. It will create a fire corridor and improve the building’s ability to withstand fire, stopping it spread with new fire doors and improvements to office fabrics.
We have also upgraded the fire alarm system of the whole building.
SWG Group is also altering and improving the existing toilet areas, giving them a complete refresh with new fixtures and fittings, as well as creating a new toilet which is needed on the ground floor not only to accommodate the number of people in the building but also to improve access with a ramp and more accessibility throughout.
We are also completely refitting and improving the fabric of the office areas whilst maintaining the historic importance of this building - it is old meets new with energy efficient installations but improving existing Art Nouveau architecture.
External work to come
In the coming weeks we will begin working on the external fabric repairs to the faience, replacing window and door frames, installation of new roof finishes and insulation, repairing the 22 stone lion statues, repair and repaint railings and repair the stone plinth.
This is what the building is known for and recognisable not only to people in mid Wales but throughout the UK.
Our team is delighted to have the opportunity to help improve and preserve this important building for the future.