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Latitude: 51.5683 / 51°34'5"N
Longitude: -3.287 / 3°17'13"W
OS Eastings: 310891
OS Northings: 186273
OS Grid: ST108862
Mapcode National: GBR HS.DHWL
Mapcode Global: VH6DR.ZV44
Entry Name: Treforest Textile Printers
Listing Date: 26 February 2001
Last Amended: 26 February 2001
Source ID: 24885
Building Class: Industrial
Location: Set back from Main Avenue SE of the junction with Powys Road.
County: Rhondda Cynon Taff
Locality: Treforest Industrial Estate
Built-Up Area: Pontypridd
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The South Wales and Monmouthshire Trading Estate at Treforest was established in 1936, the first such estate in Wales, and by 1939 sixty-six firms employed 2500 people. Its honorary architect from 1936-70 was Sir Percy Thomas. Most of the early factories were built as standard units. The Treforest Textile Printers is shown as a standardised unit on the 1948 Ordnance Survey, but the present front block was added in the early 1950s.
A small factory comprising a fashionably modern L-shaped 2-storey entrance and administration wing in front of a wider 10-bay factory of asymmetrical bays. Both the front wing and factory are of brick, the front wing with concrete detailing, its roof concealed by plain parapets, and metal-framed windows incorporating pivoting lights. The main entrance is on the L side of the front and has replaced doors, and is within a single-storey projection wrapped around the angle and with full-height glazing. The upper storey also has a band of windows wrapped around the angle. In the L return wall is a porthole window below a plain stair light, beyond which are banded windows in both storeys. Projecting on the R side of the entrance is a narrow and higher rubble stone tower with window in its R side wall, further R of which is a 1-storey wing with banded windows. The R return wall has a similar window.
On the R side of the front wing the factory range is wider, the first 5 bays having banded windows, then the rear 5 bays, which are a late addition, are further stepped out.
Listed for its architectural interest as an accomplished, well-detailed and well-preserved industrial building in the mid-C20 manner of Sir Percy Thomas and partners.
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