Building Enhancement Scheme.

The Building Enhancement Scheme (BES) can help businesses located within Merthyr Tydfil town centre to improve the external appearance of their premises.

It provides up to 50% grant funding for works to building facades and is available to both leaseholders (with a lease of more than 5 years) and landlords. The scheme runs until March 2015 and forms a key part of the town
centre regeneration programme.

A number of businesses have already taken advantage of the scheme to re-vitalise the frontage of their buildings and enhance the streetscape of the town centre area.

Examples include the Busy Bee on Wheatsheaf Lane and The Winchester Arms on Castle Street.

Who can access this scheme?
Those that can access the grant scheme include:
• Sole Traders
• Partnerships
• Limited Companies
• Co-operatives
• Limited Liability Partnerships
• Private Individuals

How much can be claimed?
A maximum of £150,000 can be claimed to assist
with building improvements, which will normally
be based on up to 50% of reasonable eligible project
costs. However, in exceptional circumstances, a higher
limit of 80% may be applied to Grade 2 Listed derelict
buildings to bring them back into use.

Applications for funding will be assessed against a
scoring matrix and criteria includes:
• Quality of restoration to original architecture
• Investment Induced
• Potential Job Creating
• Equal Opportunities
• Environmental Management Systems

What type of works are eligible for a grant?

Eligible external works must meet the Council's guidelines of the Shop Owners Design Guide for Shop Fronts or any planning supplementary guidance that supersedes it.

The following works are eligible under this scheme;

• Reinstatement of traditional shop fronts (one of the central tenets of the scheme)
• Roof including repairs and reinstatement of natural slate
• Chimney repairs or rebuilding in traditional style
• The upper floors, including the restoration, painting or cleaning of stone work or render.
• Replacement windows in traditional style, i.e. wood sliding sash as the original style of fenestration in many of the town's older buildings
• Retention/replacement of original external fixtures, fittings and ornamentation, signage, Ironmongery, Balconies, Lighting, Traditional shop canopies, wood and stone ornamentation - e.g. gargoyles, covings.
• Doors and frames
• Aluminium/Cast Iron Guttering
• External brickwork and stone work repairs
• Internal works to public areas such as cafe, toilets, hallways in derelict Grade II Listed Buildings only

How to apply:
If you are interested in finding out more and applying for a grant you can get an Expression of Interest form by contacting Helen Kell, Town Centre Regeneration Officer, on 01685 727491 or