AN iconic Haverfordwest building which once housed one of the town’s best-known businesses is now being restored.

Numbers 2 - 6 High Street – once better known as Swales Music Centre – is the latest property in the town to be renovated under the Haverfordwest Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The building is being brought back into productive use as three retail units with accommodation above.

The work will consist of extensive work to the internal timber framing and complete rendering to the front elevation.

Pembrokeshire County Council deputy leader, Keith Lewis, said: "It's wonderful to see signs of real regeneration in Haverfordwest.

“We are fortunate to have grant money available under the THI and I would encourage other property owners to take advantage of this scheme."

Local county councillor Thomas Tudor emphasised the importance of investing in Haverfordwest as Pembrokeshire’s county town.

Mike Woods from R K Lucas and Son said his company was delighted to be appointed project managers for the renovation work.

He explained: “Swales is remembered as an iconic part of the townscape and not just by music lovers.

“The name itself will be recalled fondly by generations across Pembrokeshire.

“Having our own business roots dating back to the late 1700s, this was a project we were keen to be involved with.

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative has played a vital part in the viability of this project and I would like to thank the council for their co-operation in the development of the scheme.

“With their financial assistance and our professional guidance, we look forward to the successful completion of the restoration of some wonderful buildings in our town providing much-needed quality accommodation and commercial space.”

The grant funders to the scheme are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw.

Said Councillor Lewis: “This is a last call for owners to come on board for the THI as all grant offers need to be in place by August, with work complete by March next year.”