The Rivulet Road site was a brownfield former gas works area of land located in Hightown, close to Wrexham town centre.
An initial development of 31 properties was created on the upper terrace by Gower Homes, who sold the lower terrace to the Wales & West Housing Association. RBA were commissioned to design various civil engineering elements up to adoptable standards for the whole site, including:
Due to the industrial history and topography of the site, RBA faced a broad range of challenges including its ‘brownfield’ nature preventing the use of soakaway based drainage solutions for the surface water. The adopted solution therefore included the provision of a flow restrictor and significant on-line storage for the attenuation flows. The overall project has converted a vacant brownfield site into an eye catching, split level development which provides much needed high quality, energy efficient homes for the people in the area. Wales and West Housing Association’s phase of the project was completed in March 2015 and provides around 130 affordable homes.
Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, formally opened the development, and the Hightown Community Resource Centre and Medical Facility funded through community benefits, on 5th June 2015.
At the opening ceremony, Ms Griffiths commented “I’m pleased the Welsh Government has been able to support this new housing development with funding of £7.3million. The project has not only provided dozens of good quality, affordable homes, but also boosted the local economy through creating jobs and training opportunities. Together with the community resources centre and medical centre, the homes have transformed the centre of town. Hightown development is an excellent example of partnership working which is helping to deliver our vision for housing in Wales and I wish all of the tenants every happiness in their new homes”.