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Donald Insall completes Anglesey visitor centre

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Donald Insall Associates has restored and expanded a Grade II-listed industrial copper bin shed in Almwch, Wales

Once used to store ore before it was shipped out from the historic port, the quayside copper bins have been restored and converted to house a new heritage centre.

The restored building and steel extension, which is anchored into the wet copper-stained rock face, contain ticketing facilities, a shop, toilets, a new lift, interpretative displays, and a multi-purpose auditorium.


Within the existing bin a concrete block wall has been demolished to reveal the rock face down which ore was once tipped to the quayside from a road above. This exposed wall is used to project historic images onto and provide visitors with an opportunity to touch the wet and stained rock.

Architect’s view

Tony Barton, newly appointed chairman at Donald Insall Associates

‘We worked closely with Menter Môn and the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust to fully understand the site’s features and focused on delivering key analogies of the historic relics of Amlwch Port. This was achieved with the new forms, the materials used and the visitor experience.

‘We wanted the centre to be unique and authentic. Visitors gain a lasting understanding and appreciation of the centre’s environment, the rich industrial heritage in Amlwch and its significance world-wide.’


Project data

Client: Menter Môn, Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust and Isle of Anglesey County Council
Architect, Conservation, and Interior Design: Donald Insall Associates
Structural Engineering, M&E and Sustainability, Quantity Surveyor: Capita Symonds, Bob Costello Associates, and Frank Whittle Partnership
Interpretation display: Imagemakers
Main Contractor: R L Davies

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