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Shortlist announced for best new building in Wales award

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Projects by AJ100 practice Purcell and 2016 Stirling Prize contenders Loyn + Co have been named on the five-strong shortlist for the 2018 Gold Medal for Architecture in Wales

Schemes by George + Tomos Architects, KKE Architects and Powell Dobson complete the line-up. A winner will be announced at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff on 4 August.

Supported by the Design Commission for Wales, and awarded in association with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, the prize was open to buildings completed between 1 January 2015 and 1 March 2018. The shortlist was drawn up by architects Kay Hyde and Alun Jones. 

Purcell’s Conwy office created a museum and visitor attraction at Yr Ysgwrn in Trawsfynydd, Snowdonia, to celebrate the life and works of First World War poet Hedd Wyn.

Machynlleth practice George + Tomos Architects designed a community-run shop, café and social hub with a flexible meeting space in Tre’r-ddôl.

Loyn + Co from Penarth was behind Vila Mir, a family home with covered external living areas that was built on a sloping garden site in Abergavenny.

Cardiff’s Powell Dobson played a key role in a redevelopment and conservation scheme at the 1911 Grade II*-listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea.

Worcester-based KKE Architects, the only English practice on the shortlist, designed an in-patient unit for St David’s Hospice in Newport.

Design Commission for Wales chief executive Carole-Anne Davies said: ‘The shortlist places the spotlight on a genuinely rich mix of projects each with distinct strengths, addressing, as excellent architecture always does, the most powerful cultural and community values in a society. We do not envy the task ahead for selectors.’

Royal Society of Architects in Wales director Mary Wrenn added: ‘The 2018 shortlist covers a wide range of project types of the highest quality. This demonstrates that architects across Wales are producing outstanding results for their clients, often working in challenging geographic locations and within very tight budgets.’

All five shortlisted projects will be visited by landscape and built environment photographer James Morris as well as poet Morgan Owen to form the basis of the Architecture in Wales exhibition at the Senedd during the National Eisteddfod of Wales from 4 to 11 August. 

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