My Bron Afon

Minister opening Henry Hughes House and video

We held an event to celebrate the opening of Henry Hughes House in Pontypool. We worked hard to transform the former home of the Pontypool Free Press into nine new homes.

Built in 1923 and named after the owner and publisher of the Pontypool Free Press, Henry Hughes. The building has over the years since the paper left housed a number of businesses, including a taxi firm and a solicitors.

Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, attended the event along with local politicians, contractors, partners and members of our staff. She was invited to say a few words and to take a tour of the building as well as meeting new residents.

She said: “I’m really pleased to see how carefully Bron Afon have brought the Henry Hughes House back to life, and created nine fantastic new homes.  We have provided more than £550,000 of investment because we are committed to supporting regeneration work in Pontypool.”

Alan Brunt, our chief executive, said: “We sensitively restored Henry Hughes House, keeping historic features like the iconic ‘Read the Free Press’ sign on the back of the building. We have brought the building back to life and created nine bright contemporary, affordable homes in Torfaen, which is a top priority for us.

“Transformations like the one carried out in Henry Hughes House, will make a big difference to the high street and the town. I’m proud we were able to help.”

Councillor Alan Jones, executive member for business, tourism, leisure and culture with responsibility for regeneration, said: “This project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when working in partnership. We are really pleased that we were a part of this project, and wish the new tenants good luck in their new homes.

“We would like to thank Welsh Government again for their funding, without their help none of this would be possible.”

We worked in partnership with Torfaen Council on the refurbishment, which took just over 12 months to complete.  It received funding of £559,480 from Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places fund.

L-R Councillor Alan Jones, executive member for business, tourism, leisure and culture with responsibility for regeneration, Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Councillor Anthony Hunt, Executive Member for Resources and Strategic Leadership and Alan Brunt, our chief executive

L-R Councillor Alan Jones, executive member for business, tourism, leisure and culture with responsibility for regeneration, Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Councillor Anthony Hunt, Executive Member for Resources and Strategic Leadership and Alan Brunt, our chief executive