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Canolfan S4C Yr Egin named best Commercial building in Wales


02.05.2019

Last night (Wednesday, May 1st), Canolfan S4C Yr Egin was announced as the winner of the Commercial category in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Wales annual awards ceremony. Yr Egin will now go on to represent Wales at the RICS UK’s awards ceremony which will be held in London in the Autumn.

Yr Egin

As well as winning the Commercial category, the building was also shortlisted for the Design through Innovation category.

Yr Egin - the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new digital and creative centre based at its Carmarthen campus - is an innovative development located within a striking and iconic building.  It includes an auditorium, editing suites, performance areas as well as a popular café and offers a varied programme of events, workshops, talks and screenings.

With S4C as the main anchor tenant, Yr Egin is also home to a range of companies working in the creative industries including multi-media publishing and digital technology; digital education; video production and photography; post production; graphic design; translation and sub-titling as well as financial management for the creative industries. They include: Boom, Gorilla, Atebol, Big Learning Company, Captain Jac, Asset Finance Solutions, Carlam, Highly, Lens 360, Moilin, Optimwm, and Trywydd.

Having opened to the public during the autumn of 2018, Yr Egin has already established itself at the heart of the University’s Carmarthen campus providing opportunities for the creative industries, students and staff as well as the local community, to create, learn and enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities. 

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a contemporary landmark and we’re delighted to have on such a prestigious award, “ says Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Egin.

“Because of its excellent design, the building offers the ideal environment to inspire, develop and produce creative projects. Yr Egin is the interface for cross-pollination between the creative industries, the audience and the talent pipeline from the University - and it’s been clear since opening our doors in the autumn that all users of Yr Egin find it an energising yet a relaxing space – and this is all due to its creative design” continues Carys.

“What we have at Yr Egin is innovative design, state of the art facilities and the co-location of talent, providing all the key elements allowing ground breaking ideas to be realised.  I’m truly looking forward to seeing ideas and projects grow and blossom here in Carmarthenshire and am very proud that Yr Egin has won such a significant award,” she adds.

RICS Cymru / Wales

The design team behind Yr Egin was a partnership between Carmarthenshire-based Rural Office for Architecture (ROA) and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international company of architects, engineers and designers, with local architect, Niall Maxwell leading on the project.

"This building was designed as a vessel for creativity, to be shaped by the media and digital creatives working and studying in Wales,” says Niall Maxwell.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity for academia, industry and the Welsh language community to come together in this rural heartland to nurture and develop talent."

Neil Sansum, BDP’s project director adds: “Making truly creative space for truly creative people has been a hugely exciting and rewarding project for us at BDP. Building connections and collaboration lies at the heart of the design, offering a light, bright central atrium that unites the building’s spaces, from the entrance hall and auditorium to the studio and office spaces, and connects the people who use it. We hope Yr Egin will help nurture collaboration and innovation for generations to come.”

For further information about Yr Egin, please go to www.yregin.cymru or email helo@yregin.cymru.  You can also follow Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on Facebook and @yr_egin on Twitter.

RICS Cymu / Wales

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk