Whatever happened to Aberfan? Cardiff

5 June, 2015 | 12:30 - 13:30

Whatever happened to Aberfan? Cardiff

About this event

A precursor event to events, in 2016, that will surround the 50th anniversary of the fatal tip slide at Aberfan in 1966.

The speaker, Paul Maliphant, will look at the broad development history of the area, the arrival of mining in 1869, development of the mines, the disaster in 1966, tip reclamation, mine closure in 1989, remediation of the colliery site in the 1990s and social decline over the years.

He will then focus positively on the Riverside Project than he is managing for Merthyr Council now and the promise of a ‘new dawn’ for the area with a major residential led reclamation scheme.

Paul Maliphant CGeol FICE

Development Director, Mott MacDonald Limited

Paul is a highly versatile and value driven construction professional leading on development, project/framework management and technical matters working principally in the highways, light rail, property, regeneration and geotechnical sectors. He is a Chartered and European Geologist and UK Registered Ground Engineering Advisor with nearly 30 years’ experience in mining, local government and engineering, design and management consultancy. Paul has over 20 years’ service to the Geological Society of London rising to Vice President (chartership), is an experienced speaker supporting over a dozen professional bodies and universities, and has instigated and led innovative educational initiatives. He is a campaigner for thinking and designing differently to enhance social value and improve community benefits. He is an industry champion for more effective management of geotechnical risks and opportunities to add value to the UK construction sector and his services to civil engineering have been recognised by a Presidential invitation for election to Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE). His focus on team and relationship development, facilitative leadership and excellence in communication supports delivery of enriched economic, social and environmental outcomes benefitting company, client, stakeholders, colleagues, the public and involved and associated professions.