With demolition of the derelict former McDonalds/Burger Master on Nolton Street in Bridgend town centre set to start imminently, Swansea-based housing association, Coastal Housing, have submitted an application to redevelop the site.
Coastal propose a mixed-use development of retail and housing, similar to their other project at the Rhiw car park (which looks to be nearly completed) but on a much smaller scale.
Subject to approval, the new building will be three storeys high – one storey higher than the existing building. Due to the site’s close location to rail and bus services, the developers believe it’s justification not to provide any parking spaces.
Two new shop units will be provided on the ground floor. The larger unit will be 230sqm, while the smaller one will be 50sqm.
The first and second storeys will include (in total) 10 apartments: 8 one bedroom apartments and 2 two bedroom apartments, accessible via a central staircase. A fire escape will be provided to the rear (Brackla Street Car Park).
According to the design statement (pdf), the building was originally going to be four storeys and have 15 apartments, but has subsequently been downsized to fit better with the surrounding buildings.
The development had been designed by Bridgend-based PJ Lee Architects, whose previous projects in the town include: the redevelopment of Cae Court (into a boutique hotel and restaurant), the ongoing Elder Yard/Victoria Inn redevelopment and Elder Mews off Caroline Street – which now houses Costa and Herbert R Thomas estate agents.