We're delighted to announce the RICS Project of the Year 2019, Wales - Llwyn Celyn, Abergavenny - along with the winners and highly commended projects in the RICS Awards 2019, Wales, sponsored by headline sponsors Building Trust and Sika.
Twenty-three of Wales's most impressive and community beneficial schemes battled it out for top honours. The ceremony - held at the Exchange Building, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff - celebrated inspirational built initiatives in Wales, and the skills of the teams behind them, across eight categories.
The highly acclaimed 'Project of the Year' title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.
A remarkably little-altered medieval hall house built in 1421, Llwyn Celyn sits at the entrance to the Llanthony Valley whose Priory is further up the valley. The restoration of Llwyn Celyn sees the rescue of one of Wales' most at risk lived-in buildings. Using traditional methods, it has been restored as a 'Landmark' for up to eight people and also won the night's Building Conservation Category.
In addition to taking how the 'Project of the Year' title, Llwyn Celyn also won the night's Building Conservation Category.
RICS judges praised those behind the project – Donald Insall Associates, The Landmark Trust and I J Preece & Son – saying that the conservation of Llwyn Celyn has clearly been led by a team that properly understands its history and heritage and how to present it today.
Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a new 3,600sqm HQ and media-hub on the Carmarthen campus of University of Wales Trinity St David. The building provides space for S4C television and other creative, digital and cultural practitioners who promote the Welsh language.
RICS judges said the team behind the project – including Mott McDonald, BDP, Rural Office for Architecture, and the University of Wales Trinity St David – had succeeded in designing a scheme that encouraged occupiers to collaborate, network and exchange information and ideas, to innovate and create jobs.
The new Eastern Community Campus encompasses a secondary school with post-16 accommodation. The campus includes 1,200 school pupils, 320 post-16 students, vocational workshop accommodation, external sports facilities including grass pitches and 3G/ 4G pitches, community access to sports and internal facilities, and new highways works including proposed traffic calming measures and a new roundabout.
RICS judges said the team behind the project – including Capita, Powell Dobson Architects, Cardiff City Council and Willmott Dixon – had succeeded in creating a project that raised community ambitions through education and sport, providing an inspirational learning environment.
The new BBC Cymru Wales Headquarters brings together a wide variety of studio, administration and support spaces in a single building, which is open to the city, highly flexible, energy efficient and provides a creative, collaborative and inspiring workplace for BBC staff. Located opposite Cardiff Central Station, the project is situated on the site of the former bus station to create a dynamic principal building for Central Square, which is planned as a major new public space for the city.
RICS judges said the team behind the project – including Rightacres Property, Fosters & Partners, and BBC Cymru Wales – had created a spectacular commercial, pre-let building that is part of the transformation of the Cardiff Central Square area.
The University of South Wales Sport Park has been developed to support and maintain the university's position as one of the largest providers of football coaching degrees in Europe. It provides world class facilities which are now enjoyed by both students and visitors alike.
RICS judges said the team behind the project - including Pick Everard, Atkins, University of South Wales, and Kier - had created an outstanding project that as well as providing excellent educational facilities for the university, connects students to the local workplace, promotes health & wellbeing, and puts Wales on the map via impressive international links with Europe, the US and Japan.
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This project provides the council with a new town centre office building that is flexible, efficient and sustainable. It is also key to the regeneration of the town centre, bringing significant footfall of well-paid jobs.
RICS judges said the team behind the project – including Capita, AHR, Conwy County Borough Council, and Muse Developments – had created a state-of-the-art civic complex, relocating significant numbers of staff, and ultimately helping improve the number of businesses establishing in the town centre, with declining vacancy rates.
Bridge Street Exchange is a striking tower development in Cardiff. Designed by Rio Architects for Watkin Jones Group, the development consists of retail / commercial premises at ground floor and 26 storeys of student accommodation. The building comprises 477 bed spaces as well as common rooms, study spaces, a gym, karaoke room, cycle storage and management facilities.
RICS judges said the team behind the project – including Watkin Jones and Son, Rio Architects, and Watkin Jones Group – had created a thoughtfully designed project providing a comfortable living environment with common room, study space, a gym, cycle storage, management facilities and roof terrace gardens.
The repair, reinstatement and reuse of an existing railway building as a holiday let for The Landmark Trust, Coed y Bleiddiau is a small, unassuming Grade II listed cottage situated in a beautiful, isolated setting beside Ffestiniog Railway.
RICS judges said the team behind the project – including Peter Napier and Company, The Landmark Trust, and Mark Roberts Building and Conservation – have carefully restored the cottage to allow it to be used by visitors to Snowdonia National Park and that it is a high-quality restoration that was completed with constricted access, requiring the majority of materials to be brought on site via the trainline.