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Design team sought for £3m Welsh youth camp upgrade

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The Welsh League of Hope – Urdd Gobaith Cymru – is seeking an architect for a £3 million overhaul of its youth centre in Llangrannog on Wales’s west coast

The ‘Calon y Gwersyll’ project – meaning ‘Heart of the Centre’ in English – will replace a series of timber structures on a dramatic clifftop plot.

The ageing 1970s buildings host the camp’s kitchen, dining hall, main hall, offices and reception.

According to the brief: ‘The vision is to create a new “Heart of the Centre” that will enrich children, young people and adults experience at Llangrannog Urdd Centre.

‘It will be a welcoming, safe environment that is intertwined with its natural environment both culturally and physically, ensuring that the iconic heritage of the centre is maintained for generations to come.’

Urdd Gobaith Cymru was founded in 1922 to provide Welsh-language activities for young people, and has more than 1,500 branches and 50,000 members. Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog is the oldest of four residential camps owned by the organisation, which is preparing to celebrate its centenary 2022.

Alongside the main timber cabins, the 60ha rural site features several accommodation blocks, a chapel, ski slope, swimming pool, climbing area, heritage centre, shop and gym.

Proposals should replace the main buildings with a new ‘cost-effective, high performance’ structure or series of structures that retain the camp’s ‘unique atmosphere and personality’.

Architects also need to provide a masterplan for improving environmental performance, digital infrastructure and accommodation standards for the wider site, and for incorporating new activities including an adventure zone, maritime museum, cycle track and water centre.

The multidisciplinary design team will also need to provide landscape architecture, quantity surveying, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering and CDM services.

Between three and six teams will be invited to draw up design concepts and attend an interview following an open PQQ round. The winning team is set to be announced in early December and will develop the regeneration scheme from RIBA Stage 0 to 7, with work set to complete in 2019.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 9 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Lowri Jones
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog
SA44 6AE

Tel: +44 1239652140
Email: lowri@urdd.org


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