Press Releases 2014-2015

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin architectural design unveiled


Today (02.12.15), during an event for individuals and companies from the Creative Industries, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will reveal images of the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin building and introduce the concept behind the design.

The University and S4C will also update guests on the development of the project and the plans to realise the exciting vision for the centre.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is an exciting development that will house a vibrant cultural community – a multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial and creative exchange based in West Wales. Home to more than 25 related companies and organisations, this is a centre where people, connections, ideas and talents will stimulate one another.

With over 60 people attending the event, Gwilym Dyfri Jones - Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the person leading the project on behalf of the University - is looking forward to sharing the designs with an audience of people from the Creative Industries.

"This is an important milestone in the development of the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin project. We have been working quietly and diligently over the last few months, refining the concept and sharing our vision, so it gives me great pleasure today to be able to share the fruits of our labour with colleagues from the creative industries today.

"Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is very important development for Carmarthen, for the county and for Wales. This is an exciting, bold and transformative project that is certain to have a positive impact on the growth of the Welsh language and the local economy in Carmarthenshire.  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 with the Welsh language being at the core of the development,” he adds

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will be an iconic building and a centre for the whole community as well as a new home for S4C's headquarters, says S4C Director of Relocation and Projects, Garffild Lloyd Lewis;

"This is a very important step in the project's development, and it's exciting to see Canolfan S4C Yr Egin coming to life. It will be an iconic building, a centre for the whole community, which will fulfil S4C's ambition of establishing a creative powerhouse in the town. It will contribute to the economy, and boost the language and culture in the area. Our dedication and enthusiasm for the project is as firm as ever and it will provide an excellent new home for S4C's headquarters and a significant number of other companies at the start of 2018."

The project’s design team is a partnership between the Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), a company based in Newcastle Emlyn, and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international company of architects, engineers and designers. Niall Maxwell, the head architect from ROA, will introduce the concept of the building during the event.

“The design for Canolfan Yr Egin S4C is based on a relationship between the university, its future tenants and the community,” says Niall Maxwell.  “This relationship, or the trinity, is reflected in the design of the building; a simple triangular form elevated above the Carmarthenshire landscape. It is connected to the main campus by a large public square, providing a focus to the university within its landscape setting.

“The internal layout of the building is focused around a public foyer and atrium, which links all floors of accommodation with a circulation route, encouraging communication and interaction between the building's many users. The elevated accommodation affords views over the surrounding Carmarthenshire landscape, the viewing heartland of S4C, and creates a unique facility in which to work, train and socialise.  The building is located in the north east corner of the university, completing a group of three buildings which will create a media village on the campus,” adds Niall

As well as introducing the building design, the event will also provide an opportunity for companies from the creative industries to come together - those who have already shown an interest to be part of the development and those who’ll be hearing about the project for the first time.

One of those companies that has already committed to being a part of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is The Big Learning Company. The company’s CEO, Louise Harris says:  "The Big Learning Company is delighted to be associated with Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David - and especially excited to be in at the very beginning of this highly innovative ground-breaking project, working alongside the cream of Welsh education, the creative industries and the digital sectors.

“This project is vitally important, not just for Carmarthen and rural West Wales - the heartland of the Welsh language - but for the whole of Wales, as a digital gateway to the rest of the world, where the best of Welsh talent and content, from education to industry, can find exciting new market opportunities,” adds Louise.

This is the first of a series of events that will introduce the design of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin. Public meetings will be held in Carmarthen and in Cardiff to consult on the design in early January. The planning application will then be formally submitted to Carmarthenshire County Council later that month.



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Note to Editor

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476
  2. The Channel’s Authority decided in March 2014 to receive the University's application to relocate the headquarters to Carmarthen subject to the legal agreement.
  3. On October 20th 2014. S4C and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have signed a framework agreement which confirms formally that they will proceed with the plan to establish a new headquarters for the Channel in Carmarthen.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.