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Revealed: Winners of 2016 RSAW Welsh Awards

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The Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) has announces five buildings have won its regional accolades

The winning schemes include Purcell’s restoration of Cardigan Castle, a ‘bold and dramatically-lit’ sailing academy by Ellis Williams Architects, and a new ‘learning village’ in Cardiff by BDP.

The region’s Building of the Year Award went to Hall + Bednarczyk Architects’ Llandegfedd Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre.

The winners

Cardiff and Vale College by BDP 

RSAW Wales 2016 Awards shortlist

RSAW Wales 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Gareth Gardner

Cardiff and Vale College by BDP

Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli by Ellis Williams Architects 

RSAW Welsh Awards shortlist 2016

RSAW Welsh Awards shortlist 2016

Source: Mark Wynne

Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli by Ellis Williams Architects

Llandegfedd Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects 

RSAW Welsh Awards shortlist 2016

RSAW Welsh Awards shortlist 2016

Source: James Morris

Llandegfedd Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects

Cardigan Castle by Purcell 

RSAW Welsh Awards shortlist 2016

RSAW Welsh Awards shortlist 2016

Source: Phil Boorman

Cardigan Castle by Purcell

Burry Port Community Primary School by Architype

RSAW Wales 2016 Awards shortlist

RSAW Wales 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Leigh Simpson

Burry Port Community Primary School by Architype

RSAW Special Awards winners 

Building of the Year Llandegfedd Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects

Client of the Year: Gwynedd County Council (YGC) for the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, Pwllheli

Conservation Award Cardigan Castle by Purcell

Sustainability Award Burry Port Community Primary School by Architype and Property Design, Carmarthenshire County Council

Project Architect of the Year jointly awarded to George Mikurcik, Architype and Andrew Tidy, Carmarthenshire County Council, for Burry Port Community Primary School

The only shortlisted scheme to miss out on an award was Ellis Williams’ Pump House in Barry.

Jury chair Chris Loyn of Manser Medal-winning practice Loyn & Co, commented: ‘It was great to see local authorities taking such an imaginative approach, playing an active role in the design process, recognising the importance of achieving excellence in design within the inevitable budget constraints facing all councils.’ 

He added: ‘It is fair to say that many of these buildings would not have been realised without the tremendous effort and energy of local people. At Cardigan Castle, for example, without the will and passion of this active and determined community, the castle wall and associated buildings would almost certainly have been lost.’ 

Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize.

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