Bron Afon Community Housing
R M Williams
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Fairview Court, Pontnewynydd

Fairview Court, Pontnewynydd, Pontypool, South Wales

Fairview Court, Pentan Partnership's first project for Cwmbran-based Bron Afon Community Housing, is a twelve-storeys, 1960s-vintage, Wimpey no-fines-construction residential tower block, that has been completely refurbished and upgraded to modern-day thermal standards. It has also been extended, with the creation of a roof-top pavilion, or 'sky lounge' (see photo), to provide a meeting place for the residents of its seventy flats (with solar thermal panels mounted on its roof); and with electricity-generating solar photo-voltaic panels (also used for brise-soleil shading of south-facing windows) incorporated into its new facades. Fairview Court is also one of the first high-rise projects to benefit from the Welsh Assembly Governement's decision to install sprinklers in refurbished residential buildings.  Our before, during and after photographs show the dramatic transformation that has taken place.