A restoration of a poet’s home in Snowdonia, a hospice unit and a university arts centre are the three Welsh projects to walk away with RIBA regional awards this year
The judges of the regional accolades – also known as the RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards – picked Purcell’s Yr Ysgwrn, a restoration of a former farmstead of poet Hed Wynn in the Snowdonia National Park as one of the winners.
The jury said the practice had transformed the ‘decaying relic’ into an efficient and sustainable cultural tourist attraction, which is now open as a museum.
The building also won the RSAW Building of the Year Award, the Conservation Award, and Project Architect of the Year.
Also winning an award was a ‘calm and serene’ in-patient unit for St David’s Hospice in Newport by KKE Architects, which also won Client of the Year; and Grimshaw’s arts centre for the University of Bangor.
The three projects were picked from a shortlist of six, two more than last year when The Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) only put four buildings through for the awards.
In 2017, none of the winning schemes went on to win national awards. Making the regional shortlists is the first step on the long road to the RIBA Stirling Prize. Regional Award winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award, and the successful schemes stand a chance of winning the Stirling Prize.
St David’s Hospice, In-Patient Unit, Newport, by KKE Architects
St David’s Hospice, New In-Patient Unit, Newport by KKE Architects
Source: Ståle Eriksen
University of Bangor Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor, by Grimshaw
University of Bangor Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor by Grimshaw
Source: Gyuri Szabo
Yr Ysgwrn, Gwynedd, by Purcell
Yr Ysgwrn, Gwynedd by Purcell
Source: Paul McMullin