1. ITV Report

Ceremony for Newbridge restoration project

The Memorial Hall and adjoining Institute were built with contributions given by the town's miners. Photo: ITV News Wales

A project to restore the historic Newbridge Memorial Hall and Institute to its former glory will reach a key milestone today with the official re-opening ceremony of the Institute building.

Both the 'Memo' - as it is known locally - and the adjoining Institute are being restored and refurbished through a £5.6 million building project.

Construction work began in January 2012 on the restoration scheme.

The revamped Institute building includes:

  • An information centre
  • A new library
  • A Cash Office Service
  • Community rooms, a function room and meeting rooms
  • A Royal Air Forces Association office.
  • A glass extension linking the two buildings

The next phase of the restoration project will commence late summer, as work to restore the Grade II 'Memo' building also gets underway.

The scheme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, Welsh Government's Targeted Match Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery, CADW, Trustees of the Institute and Memo and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, amongst others.