Credu Charity is committed to providing learning, educational and employment opportunities for the whole community, whilst preserving and developing recreational spaces for future generations.
We work to improve and conserve our section of the South Wales coast, for the enjoyment and education of all in our local and wider community.
Find out more about the different areas of the group below:
The economic regeneration of Porthcawl is of strategic importance to the future prosperity of the County Borough of Bridgend as a whole. We are amongst the most exciting developments in Wales! With thriving local business and a strident community that truly cares a great deal about where they live, Porthcawl is a place that should not be forgotten. We already have the advantage of natural beauty surrounding our coastlines, world-famous golf courses, enormous accommodation parks and hotels, and an abundance of recreational activities all on our doorstep. A venture such as the Harbour Quarter will only add to the plethora of attractions we have in our town and bring employment and services needed in Porthcawl.
The new Harbour Quarter offers a sustainable development which will restore and enhance Porthcawl's rich maritime heritage as a premier seaside resort, increase footfall to the town and contribute to the overall regeneration of the area while nurturing an ethos of community engagement and economic growth.
We will utilise the skills, expertise, experience and passion of staff, volunteers and stakeholders to develop, deliver and sustain Harbour Quarter as an exciting, innovative and economically sustainable Maritime Quarter. It is our mission to ensure that Harbour Quarter will be a place of enrichment; an exciting and fun place to visit, trade with, and work within. It will be fully accessible to meet the wide, varying and changing needs and requirements of local community members, visitors and tourists alike.
The Harbour Quarter will build on the completed Harbour scheme and the redevelopment of The Jennings Building to create a vibrant Marina and Harbour Quarter. The Harbour Quarter will be a constantly evolving border between the two very different worlds of sea and shoreline, opening up a realm of opportunities for knowledge and a respectful enjoyment of the coast around us. The Harbour Quarter will bring together all ages and abilities, through an extensive and inclusive provision of facilities and activities for visitors and community.
The History of the Project:
This project was formed by the collaboration of two well-established local organisations: the Welsh Surfing Federation and Porthcawl Sea Cadets, who came together in addressing their members' needs. Shortly afterwards, they were joined by a group of individuals born and bred in Porthcawl who, noticing areas that needed regeneration, all felt a need to make a difference to the region. They harnessed their skills and knowledge of the town and its maritime ties by designing and developing new ideas for the area surrounding the fantastic new Marina and the nearby RNLI building.
Over the years the board welcomed more people who are determined to see the Harbour Quarter succeed. We have also collaborated with many organisations, businesses and government bodies who have greatly helped in the growth and organic change that always happens in ambitious projects such as this.
The Harbour Quarter will be an exciting landmark building that will be seen from all entry points into Porthcawl, from the M4 and A48. It will be designed and built to a minimum of BREEAM Excellent Standard and will be a high quality, environmentally, ecologically, economically, sustainable building.
Building Design & Environmental Statement
It is the intention of Credu Charity Ltd to achieve the highest possible standards of architectural and environmental design, construction and facilities. The proposed Porthcawl Harbour Quarter will become an environmental, architectural and educational tool to be utilised by all, from concept stage through to final completion and use.
The Harbour Quarter wishes to minimise the impact of the development on the environment, and for the building, with all its associated facilities, to be recognised for its environmental benefits and enhancement; the creation of a sustainable building and facilities in the true sense of the word. It is the intention to create a destination and a sense of place as an integral part of the Harbour Quarter but with strong connections to the town and surrounding facilities.
Through the design process, construction and proposed use of the building, environmental education and best practice will be promoted through innovative and energy efficient methods to minimise and reduce the impact on the environment. Users and visitors will also be educated and made aware of the benefits of good environmental practices through the design process, construction process and the short and long term use of the building. There will be a duty on the owners of the building in conjunction with the multi-various occupants and users to engage in best practice environmental and energy policies.
The building will be designed to achieve the minimum BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating while aiming for a possible ‘Outstanding’ rating. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).
BREEAM Schemes are monitored and overseen by the BRE Global ‘Sustainability Board’ which is ISO 9001 Certified for its BREEAM Building Schemes. The appointed assessors of the Project will be fully qualified and UKAS Accredited.
Experience Porthcawl is the visitor-centric part of the Credu family, working to attract visitors to Porthcawl, and help them plan their visit beforehand. Listing everything from accommodation to eateries, activity providers to event suggestions, visitors are able to plan an itinerary for their entire stay. Once they get to Porthcawl, experience-Porthcawl also run the Visitor Information Kiosk near the Harbour as a drop-in for advice, hints and tips on enjoying the area to maximum.
In terms of working for the local community, the Experience-Porthcawl.com portal works closely with local businesses to give them a vehicle to promote their business without needing to be experts in Google Analytics, web development or social media gurus! The team do the hard work for them, working with larger organisations such as Visit Wales to promote the town and businesses further afield, across Wales, into the UK and beyond!
The Marine Services team are a visible presence in the recently improved Marina, able to lift boats in and out of the Marina, offering storage, cleaning and maintenance services year-round. The work they do helps make the Harbour more functional and therefore attractive to potential berth holders and visitors alike.
The SeaQuest Outdoor Education Specialists work with local schools, getting pupils onto the beach to learn more about our diverse coastal environment. Whether it's examining the adaptations of marine life or building dens, learning about shipwrecks or surveying beach litter, we give pupils across South Wales an experience they'll never forget. We use our extensive knowledge to ignite their curiosity for the natural world and give opportunities to explore, discover and connect with nature in a fun and safe way.
The SeaQuest Outdoor Learning Programme is delivered from Foundation to Key Stage 4, includes content from all 6 AoLEs and takes in the Four Purposes of learning.
They work alongside classroom teaching to help build students into:
⇒ ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives
⇒ enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
⇒ ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
⇒ healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.