Charles Church celebrates generation game on former Alexon factory site
02 June 2014
A family member of a director who worked at the Alexon women’s clothing factory near Pontypridd officially opened the showhome of a brand new Charles Church development built on the former factory site.
Carol Dunn cut a ribbon at the prestigious Charles Church Alexander Place development on Cardiff Road in Hawthorn on Saturday (19 April), unveiling the brand new showhome which is now open to the public.
Carol, age 65, is the step-daughter of Mr Harry Barnett who worked at the factory as dispatch manager for over 30 years – at its height the factory employed over 1,200 local people.
The site was a warehouse and factory shop until 2009 following the closure of the factory and the land was bought by Charles Church in 2012.
Alexander Place, which is named after the founder of the Alexon factory, Alexander Steinberg, will comprise of 72 luxury properties ranging from two to four bedrooms all built with emphasis on exacting standards and attention to detail at every stage of the construction process.
After the demolition of the factory Carol, who now lives in Whitchurch, was given a brick from the tower to keep as a memento to remember the people who worked there and the influence it had in the Pontypridd area.
Heavily influenced by the Alexon clothing factory, Carol has had an exciting and varied career in the fashion industry herself, working with top designers all over the world. She said: “I’m delighted to be invited back to the former Alexon factory site which was a big part of my life during my childhood.
“It’s been extremely emotional remembering the factory and my father and I have a host of happy memories associated with that time of my life. I’m delighted to declare the Charles Church showhome open to the public and hope that the people living in these homes will make lots of new happy memories too.”
Victoria Williams, sales manager at Charles Church, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Carol to open our new showhome at Alexander Place which is a development steeped in history and is very much in the hearts and minds of Pontypridd residents."
“It’s wonderful to learn more about the history of the site and we look forward to welcoming local people to have a look around the brand new showhome.”