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Welsh Government supports renovation of historic building

Tuesday January 5th, 2021

The birthplace of the NHS in Tredegar has been revitalised as a community hub thanks to the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme.

The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn welcomed the renovation of Number 10 The Circle. The historic building was once home to the Tredegar Medical Aid Society, used as the blueprint for the creation of the National Health Service in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan.

Number 10 The Circle received over £142,000 in Transforming Towns funding, alongside £240,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative and Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). The renovation will provide a place where people can work, learn and celebrate the heritage of Tredegar and the National Health Service.

Completed over three years, the building will be used as an open access multi-functional space for educational classes, training, seminars, meetings, and include a heritage centre which will tell the story of the building.

The first floor will comprise of four offices, available for rent on a flexible basis to create flexible working space that small and third sector businesses require; as well as complete renovation and restoration of the building’s exterior.

Hannah Blythyn, The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, said:

This building has real historical significance and its renovation will benefit the local community, act as a community hub, and increase footfall to the town centre.

This small but important building pioneered health care as we know it today. This year more than ever, we should celebrate the role a Welsh town played in helping inspire this vitally important service.

Supporting towns and highstreets across Wales has never been so important and it is fantastic to see how Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns funding has been used to support this building to continue to be part of Tredegar’s history and benefit the community it serves.

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