The Royal Mint Visitor Centre Approved
Plans for a £7.7m Visitor Centre at
The Royal Mint - the only one of its kind in the world - have been
given the go-ahead byRhondda Cynon Taf
Planning permission was granted by the Council's Development
Control Committee on March 5, allowing the development of this
unique visitor attraction to go ahead.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough
Council, said: "We are delighted planning permission has been
granted for the Royal Mint's exciting new Visitor Centre, which
will be the only one of its kind and a world-class tourist
"The benefits of the Visitor Centre to the wider economy,
including local businesses and other tourist attractions, will be
vast as it will create new jobs in the area and potentially attract
thousands of visitors to the County Borough each year.
"The realisation of these plans will represent a significant
investment within RCT by an organisation of international
importance and prestige and this is why the Council has worked
closely with colleagues from the Royal Mint in developing the plans
for the Visitor Centre over recent years.
"In an official statement, the Royal Mint said it has come "one
step closer to opening the doors of South Wales' newest visitor
experience" after plans for its Visitor Centre received final
On their website, the Royal Mint, based at Llantrisant Business
Park, Pontyclun, said: "Construction of the purpose-built centre at
The Royal Mint's home in Llantrisant can now start in earnest, with
the breaking of ground for the new building expected to take place
in April this year. Completion is planned for Spring 2016.
"The Royal Mint, Britain's oldest manufacturing organisation,
currently makes coins and medals for around 60 countries worldwide,
so it is no surprise that news of the Visitor Centre has attracted
enquiries from the UK and across the globe from members of the
public anxious to get behind the scenes to see where their money
and medals are made.
"Once it is open to the public, visitors to The Royal Mint will be
able to take a tour of high-security plant in the heart of Rhondda
Cynon Taf, gaining first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing
journey from concept to coin.
Visitors will also be able to discover the often poignant stories
behind The Royal Mint's medal-making processes.
A series of engaging static and interactive experiences will bring
to life the 1,000 year-old institution's rich heritage.
Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint's Head of Commemorative Coin and
Medals, said "This is an exciting development in our mission to
welcome visitors to a unique behind the scenes experience.
"The new Visitor Centre will showcase over 1,000 years of
coin-making history, and showcase the heritage, craftsmanship
and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known all over the
"The plans for The Royal Mint Visitor Centre also include
landscaped frontage and visitor parking at the site and will create
40 new jobs as well as safeguard a further 21.
Announcing the funding during a visit to The Royal Mint, Tourism
Minister Edwina Hart said: "The new visitor centre will be an
all-year and all-weather visitor attraction showcasing a unique
product and a global brand and will incorporate a rich heritage
resource alongside a live factory working environment. The project
has the potential to be an iconic attraction for Wales."