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27/03/2020

Funding boost for Wrexham steelworks regeneration scheme

Words: Roger Milne
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The redevelopment and regeneration of a historic former iron and steel works near Wrexham has passed another important milestone – the ambitious project has received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund worth over £4.1 million.

As well as 450 new homes, the proposals for the former British Steelworks site at Brymbo involve a new school, visitor attraction, medical centre, community hub and business space.

The five-year project would create new jobs, training and apprenticeships and will involve the safeguarding of a 300 million year-old fossil “forest” site that was discovered during opencast mining in 2003.

Brymbo Heritage Trust will carry out the development, supported by landowner Brymbo Developments Ltd (BDL).

The site has been decontaminated since the steelworks were closed in 1992, when it was acquired by BDL.

Baroness Kay Andrews, trustee and chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales, said: "This hugely exciting project will reinvent Brymbo for today’s community and, thanks to National Lottery players, the site will now have potential to once again play a key role in the development and economic regeneration of the area."

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