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Canolfan S4C Yr Egin shortlisted for 2019 Welsh Architecture Awards 2019


04.04.2019

The Royal Society for Architects in Wales (RSAW) has this week announced that Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is one of seven buildings shortlisted for the prestigious RSAW 2019 Welsh Architecture Awards – the first stage of the RIBA Awards 2019.

Yr Egin

All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30 May at Cornerstone, Cardiff. 

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 those working in 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 an important contemporary building that really deserves to be on this shortlist," says Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Egin.

“Yr Egin has been developed to create linguistic, cultural, economic and social opportunities and benefits for Carmarthen and south-west Wales and the architects have been able to translate this vision perfectly into the design.  They’ve created a stunning building that that inspires and encourages collaboration between the creative industries, the audience and new talent within the University. Yr Egin is a very impressive building - both inside and outside – instilling pride and driving ambition," adds Carys.

Yr Egin

"It’s fantastic to be in the company of so many buildings that demonstrate the expertise and standard of architecture in Wales and I am sure that all developments will contribute to strengthening Wales as an enterprising and sustainable nation.  I’d like to wish all those on the shortlist the best of luck and extend a warm welcome to individuals, companies, societies or organisations to visit the Egin to see this spectacular development for themselves.”

The internal layout of the 3,700 square metre building is focused around a public foyer and atrium that overarches the three floors.  There is a specific focus on broadcasting and performance on the ground floor, with S4C based on the first floor and a range of companies from the creative industries based on the second floor.

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.”

The winner will be announced on May 30th with several RIBA Special Awards also announced on the same evening including the RIBA Sustainability Award sponsored by Michelmersh and RIBA Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Taylor Maxwell.

If successful, the Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the best new building of the year, will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings in July and the Stirling Prize winner will be announced in October.

For further information about Yr Egin, please email helo@yregin.cymru or visit the website www.yregin.cymru.  You can also follow Yr Egin on Social Media by searching for Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on Facebook and @yr_egin  on Twitter.

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