In October 2017, Monmouthshire County Council appointed Chris Jones Regeneration to develop an action plan framework for Caldicot town centre.
During October 2017 and March 2018, the team comprising Roberts Limbrick and TC Consult developed a series of proposals to feasibility level design through a series of client and stakeholder workshops to ensure ownership.
After three workshops and presentations to the local Town Council, a finalised action plan framework was issued, supported with strategic outline case documents, order of cost estimates and associated plans and drawings. The team also provided in-kind advice as part of a green infrastructure proposal, completing Welsh Government application forms and securing £90,000 of grant towards planting and other landscape improvements.
Chris Jones Regeneration were reappointed in April 2018 to provide project management support to the Council. This has mainly focused on taking initial designs through to detailed design and costing, preparing applications to Welsh Government for Targeted Regeneration Investment (TRI) funding and assisting with public consultation.
This period of work has seen projects for the Cross Destination Space, an Urban Centre Property Enhancement Fund and a Co-Working space in the Community Hub being developed.
Chris Jones Regeneration has been successful in securing development funding from Welsh Government for detailed design, retail demand analysis, a design code for shop frontages, a town centre parking strategy and survey work. We have also secured approvals for physical capital projects from TRI and Local Transport Fund that will be implemented during 2019-2020.
Baseline monitoring systems have been established for the projects with support provided to the County Council as it sets up internal project management resources, financial management delivery. It is hoped that the initial phase of regeneration projects will be completed by April 2020 with larger projects such as the refurbishment of the town centre retail parade and provision of in-town living will progress in the future.