Pressing on with the Laundry

A view of the community allotment with Tredegar House in the background

Earlier this year we began a 10 month project to repair our rundown Laundry building and its adjacent allotment.

We are now more than half way through the restoration and changes are coming thick and fast to the once derelict building.

Work has begun on the roof and full access has thrown up some problems our initial survey didn’t pick up. A subsequent survey and an assessment by the Trust’s timber pest specialist have identified live death-watch beetle larvae on site, and many of the timber beams have been ravaged by the pest. As a result, an approach involving replacement, repair and localised treatment will be adopted by John Weaver Construction to ensure the highest quality of structural integrity.

Inside, the underfloor heating has been installed and utility services are nearly complete. The team will soon be able to plaster and paint once the roof has been repaired and retiled. 

The underfloor heating installation is complete and toilet cubicles mapped out
The interior of the Laundry building
The underfloor heating installation is complete and toilet cubicles mapped out

In the gardens the old allotments have been flattened and a new outbuilding is being built to house a toilet and tool shed.

Away from the building site the curatorial leads are reviewing some tap options before the accessible kitchen design is ready to sign off.

The colour of the new windows, external render and floor options will then be decided in order to get the look and feel of the building just right.

The exterior allotments have been flattened in preparation for their new plots
The exterior allotments have been flattened in preparation for their new plots
The exterior allotments have been flattened in preparation for their new plots

Tenants wanted

Once completed, the Laundry building will provide a space for local organisations to deliver formal and informal training, inspiring learning, opportunities to socialise and promote the well-being of the Duffryn community.

The building will also house two rentable office spaces and we are looking for local organisations to register their interest to begin a lease from January 2019.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact our Community Engagement Officer Phil Wilson at philip.wilson@nationaltrust.org.uk.