Heritage masterplan, Cefn Coed Colliery Museum

Heritage MasterplanClient: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Planning Solutions Consulting was commissioned by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to work with the Council to secure the future of Cefn Coed Colliery Museum by exploring how the historical features can be retained whilst also introducing new and innovative provision in order to further develop the site as a visitor attraction.

Cefn Coed Colliery Museum is located near the village of Crynant in the Dulais Valley and sits within the county of Neath Port Talbot. The Museum currently tells the history of mining at the former Cefn Coed Colliery which was once the deepest anthracite coal mine in the world.

The current visitor experience incorporates

  • A retail offer and tearoom
  • The Engine House is a listed building which incorporates a 1927 Worsley Mesnes Horizontal Duplex Cylinder Steam Winding Engine
  • Listed headstocks
  • Winding engine and boilers which are located in the Boiler House
  • A restore gas tram
  • A programme of events

Our heritage masterplan focussed on:

  • Carrying out an assessment of the current visitor experience
  • Reviewing market trends in the tourism and visitor attractions sector, including a competitive assessment of the visitor experience market place to identify potential gaps
  • Identifying the strategic fit of the project with the destination development plan and wider economic development strategy
  • Produce outline proposals for the potential elements of the enhanced visitor experience. Assessing the different development scenarios and setting out development costs for the preferred heritage masterplan option
  • Working with a landscape architect to produce a site masterplan and concept sketches for the preferred development scenario
  • Preparing a phased development plan to reflect availability of funding
  • Developing a visitor model, which forecasted the growth in visitor numbers
  • Preparing a supporting trading profile, showing cost and income centres
  • Identifying wider economic impacts alongside other impacts related to health and wellbeing and wider destination development

The outcome was a heritage masterplan and supporting business case for the project, which has been used to support a successful funding application. Images kindly supplied by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.  

How can we help?
If you have any questions or would like to discuss our work please don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 023 9248 1999 or email richard@pslplan.co.uk