Rick Mather Architects (RMA) has won a publically tendered contract to overhaul Hay-on-Wye’s ruined Norman castle
The £4 million project for the Hay Castle Trust will create a new ‘economically and culturally vibrant centre for arts and education’ inside the historic fortress.
Planned to complete in 2018, the scheme will also include major structural repairs, specialist conservation and contemporary extensions and alterations.
RMA was appointed following a ‘highly competitive’ tendering process, according to a statement from the trust.
Nancy Lavin Albert, Hay Castle Trust managing director, said: ‘RMA was selected because they exhibited great sensitivity and understanding of the building and site, have a highly collaborative approach, and a record of exceptional design and completion of complex projects. Their vision and attention to detail were exceptional and thrilling.’
Project architect Stuart Cade said: ‘At Rick Mather Architects we are excited to be embarking on the realisation of the Trust’s inspired vision for the Castle.
‘Using our extensive experience with historic structures, we will be working with our team of conservation specialists, architects and engineers in collaboration with the Trust and the community to create a 21C chapter in the site’s long and rich history.’
The prominent site within the Brecon Beacons National Park includes a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a Grade I-listed building and other Grade II-listed structures.
The regeneration is expected to ‘complement and support’ the Powys market town – famous for its annual literary festival – and entice more visitors from around the world.
The scheme will include exhibition spaces, a ‘destination’ café and training and educational facilities.
A public information event about the project is planned for Saturday 21 February.