The former Salisbury Hotel in Ferndale has been transformed into a vibrant community facility and clubhouse for Rhondda Life and Ferndale RFC. With spacious function rooms, well-appointed bars, and a central location, this building serves as a hub for various activities, events, and social gatherings. Join a community program, host an event, or support Ferndale RFC in this welcoming and versatile space.

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Project details:

Client:  Rhondda Life

Team:  Total Regen

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Swansea

Project value: £1,200,000

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

Scheme Overview: Rhondda Life was founded by three organisations: Blaenllechau Community Regeneration, Ferndale Rugby Club and Cor Meibion Morlais.

Brief description of the scheme: The construction of a  new building which was built on the site of the former Salisbury Hotel in Ferndale has been constructed as a community facility for Rhondda Life and also doubles as the clubhouse for Ferndale RFC. The building contains three function rooms and three bar areas.

More information: A pre-demolition assessment of the existing Salisbury Hotel was carried out to define what existing materials could be reused or recycled to minimise waste to landfill. 80% of the existing building materials were reused/recycled.

The project which was constructed under a JCT 2005 Design and Build contract was completed in 32 weeks 2012 and went on to win a RICS Awards Wales; Winner ‘Project of the Year’.

The construction of a new building in Ferndale has transformed the former Salisbury Hotel into a vibrant community facility for Rhondda Life and a clubhouse for Ferndale RFC. This multi-purpose building boasts three function rooms and three bar areas, providing a welcoming space for various events and gatherings.

Minimising Waste and Maximising Sustainability

Prior to the demolition of the Salisbury Hotel, a thorough pre-demolition assessment was conducted to determine which existing materials could be repurposed or recycled. This proactive approach aimed to minimize waste and reduce the impact on landfill sites. Remarkably, 80% of the original building materials were successfully reused or recycled, demonstrating the project’s commitment to sustainability.

Design and Build Excellence

The Salisbury Hotel redevelopment was executed under a JCT 2005 Design and Build contract, ensuring a streamlined and efficient construction process. This approach allowed for effective collaboration between the design team, contractors, and stakeholders, resulting in a successful outcome.

Award-Winning Achievement

In 2012, after a construction period of just 32 weeks, the Salisbury Hotel redevelopment project was completed. The remarkable transformation of the former hotel into a community facility and clubhouse earned it the prestigious RICS Awards Wales; Winner ‘Project of the Year’ accolade. This recognition highlights the project’s exceptional design, construction, and contribution to the local community.

A Hub for Community Engagement

The new building in Ferndale serves as a hub for community engagement, offering a range of versatile function rooms and bar areas. Whether it’s hosting social events, business meetings, or sports-related activities, the facility provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

Supporting Rhondda Life and Ferndale RFC

As a community facility, the building plays a vital role in supporting Rhondda Life, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents in the Rhondda area. Additionally, it serves as the official clubhouse for Ferndale RFC, providing a dedicated space for the rugby community to come together and celebrate their shared passion.

Amenities and Features

The Salisbury Hotel redevelopment offers three spacious function rooms, each designed to accommodate various events and activities. Whether it’s a wedding reception, a community meeting, or a fitness class, these flexible spaces can be tailored to suit different needs. Furthermore, the building features three well-appointed bar areas, ensuring that visitors can enjoy refreshments and socialize in a comfortable setting.


The transformation of the former Salisbury Hotel into a community facility and clubhouse in Ferndale stands as a testament to the power of thoughtful design and sustainable construction practices. By repurposing existing materials and embracing a collaborative approach, the project successfully minimized waste and maximized its impact on the local community. With its versatile function rooms, welcoming bar areas, and support for Rhondda Life and Ferndale RFC, the building has become a focal point for social, cultural, and sporting activities in Ferndale.

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