Reflecting on 2020: Pulling out the positives from a challenging year


As 2020 draws to a close, Wayne Rees, project director at Plasdŵr, reflects on the challenges of the past 12 months and looks ahead to the plans for 2021.

“This year has been challenging for every sector. COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown saw us stop development on all our sites and halt the infrastructure improvements on Llantrisant Road from March until early May. Although we are now back on site, this has inevitably impacted our delivery of the Plasdŵr development.

“Like many others, we’ve had to adapt and adjust to new ways of working. Smaller teams are operating on site with social distancing measures in place. All of this has an impact on delivery and we’re in the process of reviewing timescales in light of the restrictions. But, we must also to take a moment to reflect on the positives.

The new Heol Isaf junction is now complete and operational and our sales offices are back up and running at all sites.

“Our Redrow sales teams have seen an influx of new home buyers. The first phase of houses at Cae St Fagans is sold out with a lot of interest in the second phase. Only a handful of houses are unoccupied at Parc Plymouth and interest at the more contemporary offering at Cwrt Sant Ioan has also been very promising. In 2021, Lewis Homes will be starting on site at Dôl Werdd and Bellway will be opening show homes at Rhiwlas.

“Next year further improvements will be made to infrastructure, continuing our work along Llantrisant Road to install bus and cycle lanes, and bringing our carefully designed network of transport connections to life. When it’s safe to do so, we’re also hoping to resume some of our activity within our neighbouring communities and will continue to maintain open channels on our Twitter page.

“Despite the challenges of 2020, the progress we’ve made over the last 12 months has been positive. We’re looking forward to the year ahead, and the fresh opportunities 2021 will bring.”