Press Releases 2014-2015

Architects Appointed to Design Canolfan S4C Yr Egin

06.07.2015

The development of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Carmarthen is a step closer with the appointment of the team of architects and engineers who will design the building.

S4C Architecture Canolfan S4C yr Egin

Canolfan S4C yr Egin is the name of the Centre that will be home to S4C’s headquarters in Carmarthen as well as a range of creative industries and community groups co-locating with the Channel within an iconic and sustainable building.

The appointment of the architects to take forward the University and Channel’s vision for the development was made following a competitive tendering process. A joint collaboration between the Rural Office for Architecture based in north Carmarthenshire and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international firm of architects, engineers and designers, was successful in securing the coveted development.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor at UWTSD said “This is a very exciting development and we are delighted to be working with a team of architects who have strong local roots as well as an international reputation.  Our vision for the project demands the best creative solutions for the building to provide the Channel and our partners with the best facilities within an inspiring and creative eco-system”.

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is the product of an exciting, bold and transformative vision.  In bringing together a range of creative, digital and cultural practitioners within the same building, there will be an opportunity to co-locate a range of skills and talents to exchange information, to innovate and to create employment.  Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will be a lead institution for the creative industries in Wales and will bring national and international prestige to UWTSD, S4C and to our partners.  The appointment of ROA and BDP to work with us on the building is a positive step in this direction”.

Niall Maxwell, of ROA said “BDP and ROA are delighted to be appointed to design Canolfan S4C Yr Egin building in Carmarthen.

“This is a collaborative partnership between a global brand, BDP, and a local creative practice in ROA which brings together a multi-award winning organisation of over 1000 people, with an inter-disciplinary structure, collaborating with a practice established in Carmarthenshire for the past decade, employing a talented team of architects, with a portfolio of award winning rural projects.

“This balance of BDP’s experience and proven track record of delivery is matched with ROA’s local knowledge and high standards of design, and their capability to deliver BDP’s high standard of service. The project will help retain and create local professional employment and promote high quality design in the region.

“The project offers the opportunity for the design team to be based in Carmarthen, within the cultural quarter of King Street, close to Yr Atom, UWTSD’s new Welsh language centre. This presence will allow the community to be kept in touch with project developments and understand the ambitious plans for this iconic building; an opportunity to celebrate Welsh creativity, language and identity whilst providing for inclusivity and community engagement”.

S4C’s Director of Relocation and Projects, Garffild Lloyd Lewis said: “It is a real pleasure to see this project moving ahead as we look forward to relocating S4C’s headquarters to Carmarthen in 2018.  It’s great to see that a local company has been able to secure such a prominent role, in partnership with a global brand on this project.  S4C’s focus has always been on ensuring a positive long term economic and linguistic impact in the area, but we’re delighted to hear that the more immediate construction project will also bring about local benefits and we look forward to further close collaboration with the University and their new partners at ROA and BDP.”    

The design development will start next month with a completion date forecast for Spring 2018.

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Note to Editor

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world. As a public service broadcaster, it commissions independent producers from across Wales to make the majority of its programmes. ITV Cymru Wales is also commissioned to produce programmes. BBC Cymru Wales provides around 10 hours of programming per week for S4C, including the news and daily soap Pobol y Cwm, funded out of the licence fee.

S4C broadcasts over 115 hours of programmes each week, including sport, drama, music, factual, entertainment and events, across a range of platforms, including online. S4C offers comprehensive services for children: Cyw for younger viewers, Stwnsh for older children and programmes for teenagers.

Since April 2013, most of S4C's income comes from the licence fee via the BBC Trust with a proportion coming from the UK government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). S4C also has some powers to generate its own commercial income, for example, through advertising sales.

Rural Office for Architecture is an award winning RIBA Chartered architectural practice based near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire. The practice was established by architect Niall Maxwell, who is supported by a team of architects and technicians, working on a range of residential and cultural projects across the UK. Niall and his team live and work in rural Carmarthenshire, but this has not stopped them working across the UK. The practice has recently opened a London office to manage projects in the south east.

BDP is a major international practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists. We create outstanding places for people.

Working in interdisciplinary teams we produce integrated, holistic and sustainable solutions. Our cumulative depth of experience gives us leading edge expertise across a wide spectrum of sectors.

Originally established in 1961 as Building Design Partnership, BDP now has studios across the world. These combine local knowledge with the vision, values and infrastructure of a major award winning practice.

The Canolfan S4C Yr Egin project will benefit from a multi-discipline team of architects and engineers led by Neil Sansum, Tim Humphries and Chris Kenny.

Further Information

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