The former principal contractor for the controversial re-development of the Highlands mansion site – overlooking Cogan at the ‘gateway to Penarth’ – has issued a statement saying that the firm does “not wish to be associated with this development in any way”.
The firm, JRS Homes Creigiau Ltd, had originally been appointed principal contractors on the project – which involves demolishing the classic art-and-crafts Highlands mansion and building 8 new detached homes along with a terrace of 3 “affordable” homes on the site .
However JRS Homes has now issued a statement saying that it is no longer connected with the site – or with the redevelopment project – following a decision by the owners, Highlands Penarth Ltd, to appoint an alternative contractor.
It appears that JRS parted company with the project some time before the unexpected and sudden demolition of the Highlands mansion – which local residents said was carried out at 19:00 on Tuesday October 30th.
A statement from the Creigiau company says “JRS Homes Creigiau Ltd do not wish to be associated with this development in any way, nor do we have any responsibility for any on-site works.” JRS says that the former owner of Highlands – Mr Simon Berni – had sold the land with planning permission to Mr Lewis Edmunds of Highlands Penarth Ltd.
The new principal contractors on the project – Delta Construction of Penarth – have not yet commenced their contract for operations on the Highlands site .