A sporting chance for Bridgend

Development proposals for Island Farm Sports Village have been submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council for Outline Planning Permission and are currently at consultation stage. The application is expected to be determined in early 2010.

The Island Farm Sports Village is led by HD Limited, a Bridgend based developer. This company has a deserved reputation for schemes that are well designed and built to very high standards, and has demonstrated over the past twenty years a substantial commitment and loyalty to Bridgend. With its sensitive regeneration of many landmark properties within the town centre, together with its exciting proposals for the redevelopment of Elder Yard in 2010, HD Limited is well positioned to deliver the prestigious scheme at Island Farm.

The Architect involved with the project is PJ Lee Architect, a Bridgend based practice, which has had substantial involvement in the development of Bridgend town centre over the past few years.

Nick Hegarty believes Island Farm will create superb sporting and recreational facilities supported by a sound social and economic legacy for local businesses, communities and future generations to come.

“Sport plays a big part in my life, as it does for many people in the area. Rightly so, we are very proud of Bridgend’s sporting achievements. I believe to offer clubs and supporters of Rugby Union and Rugby League a high quality stadium on the same site would boost the profile of Rugby in Wales”.

“I think sport can unite us. I would like to see the communities and families of Bridgend and the wider area share, enjoy and benefit from the many and varied experiences that a premier development such as this offers.

“Above all, I hope that the information given here helps you share my vision and creates excitement and enthusiasm for the brighter future that Island Farm Sports Village would bring.”

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HD Limited Director

What people are saying

Bridgend Town AFC

“Building a new facility for Bridgend Town AFC at Island Farm is a dream come true for me, as it will, at last, allow us to unite our mini, junior, youth and senior sections together as one club. It will enable us to enjoy the excitement and innocent enjoyment of mini and junior football right through to the more serious endeavours of the senior sides. This, combined with the other sports that are close by, will, I believe, put Bridgend on the sporting map and give Bridgend an overall sports facility to be really proud of.”

COLIN MAWER, CLUB SECRETARY

Bridgend Ravens Rugby Club

“It has always been our goal to safeguard the long term future of Bridgend Rugby Football Club and support all other sports in the area. The proposed building of the multi-disciplined sports facility at Island Farm that would create our own ground would give us the independence to enable the Ravens to continue competing at the top level of rugby in Wales. The proposal for Island Farm gives us much optimism for an extremely exciting future for Bridgend Rugby Football Club and sport in general and we are happy to endorse the proposal.”

DERRICK W. KING, DIRECTOR

Welsh Tennis Association

“Tennis is a high profile sport which punches well above it’s weight in the public’s mind. Bridgend has a strong tennis heritage with Davis Cup player Gerald Battrick and rugby legend JPR Williams (who started out as one of the leading British juniors of the seventies). However, Bridgend today is poorly served in terms of Community or Performance tennis facilities. As Bridgend has grown it’s tennis facilities have declined.

The Island Farm proposal is an unbelievable chance to bring tennis back to the Bridgend area. At a playing level, the opportunities for Community and Performance development are immense, but this facility will also attract professional events and bring a level of play to inspire a new generation of Welsh tennis players.”

MIKE HARPIN, WELSH TENNIS ASSOCIATION

Bridgend Boxing Club

“As President of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association, I have been keen to create an Amateur Boxing Club in Bridgend for many years. There are over 100 such clubs in Wales and for an area the size of Bridgend, not to have a boxing facility, stands out like a sore thumb.”

MR DAVID EAST, PRESIDENT

Squash Wales Limited

Squash Wales, the National Governing Body for Squash in Wales, wishes to lend its support for the proposed Island Farm Sports Village. The proposal has addressed the need for sports facilities not only in the Bridgend area, but in the wider region of South Wales. The proposal provides innovative architectural designs in a countryside environment and has included preserving and enhancing the conservation area.

The village will provide regeneration, employment and tourism to revitalise Bridgend District. The superb facilities will be available to the community, schools, colleges and local sports clubs.

The village provides an opportunity for Squash Wales to locate its National Governing Body within a development guaranteed to make Bridgend regarded as equal, if not better, than the leading sports facilities in Wales.

MIKE WORKMAN, DIRECTOR OF COACHING & DEVELOPMENT, SQUASH WALES