What is the problem you are trying to solve?
WWP and NWMAT are linking up to save a part of our UK coal-mining heritage by rebuilding Wrexham’s unique but derelict Mines Rescue Station. The project involves providing an opportunity for disaffected young people to gain hands on experience of working on a construction site which will compliment a personally tailored training package.
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Why do you care about this?
The core aims of the WWP is to give young disaffected people a second chance in life through nurturing an interest and the skills to work in the construction industry, whist NWMAT are about the promotion and preservation of our regions rich coal mining heritage. Together we believe we can deliver an outcome which we can all be proud of.
How will the money be spent?
The target fund will allow the building to be purchased by the WWP charity before the current owners August 2016 dead-line, thereby allowing renovation to begin.
When will supporters see the difference?
On completion of the purchase people will take comfort from knowing that the Mines Rescue Station will be in the hands of owners who will nurture the building back into mixed use. The envisaged two year construction period will provide valued work experience for disaffected youngsters culminating in the provision of a number of affordable housing units for these youngsters and at the same time provide access to the coal-mining heritage contained in the Station.
Mines Rescue Station Q & A
- What is the purpose of this project? To give disadvantaged young people the opportunity of learning new skills within the building trade to develop accommodation while also restoring an important aspect of local heritage.
- When would the project commence? When sufficient funding becomes available.
- Why is the project important? This CADW Grade II* listed Mines Rescue Station has had a long history. The Training Galleries were used for all of the collieries in the North East Wales coalfield and in particular, during the biggest disaster ever to befall North Wales. It was used for well documented training purposes during the reopening of Gresford Colliery which saved the livelihood of 1,000s of miners over a period of almost 40 years. They were also used as training facilities for the Dinorwic Hydro-electric project and the North Wales Fire Service eventually to become their East Divisional Headquarters. It is now, unfortunately, categorised as ‘Grave Risk’ on WCBC’s Buildings at Risk register and is in need of urgent stabilisation and conservation. Several severe winters and the exposed nature of the structure due to criminal damage have caused the deterioration of the brickwork and the general deterioration in its condition.
- What will be the outcome? To bring a grade 2 listed building back into use by means of accommodation & restoration of the important training galleries.
- How is the project to be funded? By use of crowd funding.
- What would be the timescale for significant improvement? …..