PROSPECTIVE tenants have been given the opportunity to look over the major refurbishment of a building in Newtown - aimed at improving the standard of living for residents.

Camlad House in Treowen is owned by Powys County Council and, following a big regeneration project and a major investment programme, the new-look block was unveiled to the public at a special open day.

The work at Camlad House was carried out by SWG Construction of Welshpool and the company’s Nigel Stephens said the open day proved to be a great success with the high standard of finish being universally praised.

“It’s an absolute delight to be involved in community projects such as this,” he said.

“The property had seen much better days and to be involved in bringing it back to life, providing quality accommodation in the town was an amazing thing to be part of.

“It was a big regeneration scheme undertaken by the council. During the last couple of years Camlad House has been virtually empty - there was only one resident in the ground-floor flats when we began work.

“We were able to provide a much-improved living space, more modern and comfortable, for people in the town who really need it.

“The work involved a complete refurbishment of the interior of the property with the transformation making the property a home to be proud of once more."

He added: “SWG Construction refurbished eight apartments and was involved in the external work, including resurfacing the car park, installing new bin and cycle stores, and creating a landscaped area for residents to use.

“We installed a new sprinkler system which involved a new 3,000-litre water tank, and also put in acoustic flooring and false ceilings, making it quieter and a much more pleasant environment for residents.

“There were plenty of people at the open day showing a great deal of interest in the work and how the property looked. Like so many other areas, there is a real need for housing in Newtown and there were a number of people who said they would be happy to live there.

“We are delighted with the way the work progressed and the end result. It was another successful collaboration between SWG Construction and Powys County Council for the benefit of residents.”