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Shortlist revealed for best new building in Wales


Six schemes are in the running for the Welsh Gold Medal for Architecture

Buildings by Rural Office for Architecture and Loyn and Co are among the schemes shortlisted for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Gold Medal for Architecture, which recognises the best new building in Wales.

Hoole & Walmsley Architects has two projects vying for the prize – a four-home scheme in Powys and the restoration of a grade II-listed flour mill in Talgarth.

Loyn and Co’s Stormy Castle, which controversially missed out on a RIBA Award this year, is also shortlisted.

Four of the shortlisted projects picked up RIBA Wales Regional Awards back in May, but failed to go on to bag national awards, seeing the country miss out on any RIBA Awards for the second year running.

The full shortlist

  • Y Ffwrnais, Llanelii by Lawray Architects
  • The Galilee Chapel, Llantwit Major by Davies Sutton Architects
  • New Barn, Llandysul by Rural Office for Architecture
  • Talgarth Mill & Café Regeneration, Talgarth by Hoole & Walmsley Architects
  • Stormy Castle, Gower by Loyn & Co
  • Old Farm Mews, Dinas Powys by Hoole & Walmsley Architects

Supported by the Design Commission for Wales, the Gold Medal aims to focus attention on ‘the importance of architecture in the nation’s culture and to honour architects achieving the highest design standards’.

The medal is given to architects responsible for buildings completed between January 2011 and March 2014.

Carole-Anne Davies, chief executive of the Design Commission for Wales, said: ‘The breadth of entries this year was especially interesting, revealing the richness and quality of the design work taking place in Wales from contemporary new-build dwellings to conversions and refurbishments. They illustrate the difference good design makes in a whole host of different situations, in both urban and rural environments, to bring about a high quality solution that responds to its unique context.’

The shortlist was drawn up by Ann-Marie Smale of Powell Dobson Architects and Elfed Roberts of Grŵp Gwalia. 

Anne-Marie Smale said: ‘This year’s entries demonstrated a range of building types and scale spread across a large area of Wales. In the main, the entries were new buildings or extensions to existing structures by a range of practices. All of the shortlisted projects demonstrate excellent design intent and exceptional understanding of the client brief. 

She added: ‘All three residential projects show tremendous attention to detail and truly create a ‘home’ that responds to its brief in every instance. The three non-residential projects differ greatly in scale and meaning in their urban context.’

Last year John Pardey Architects picked up the gong with its timber-framed, family home overlooking the Newport Estuary in western Wales (AJ 14.02.13).

The winner will be announced at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llanelli in August.

All six of the shortlisted projects will be displayed in the Architecture in Wales exhibition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales from 1 – 9 August.




Readers' comments (2)

  • The one by Lawray is a prodigy of bad taste , How did you select it?

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  • Geoff Williams

    Why are all the applicants for the Gold Medal focused in South Wales. Surely there must be a number of quality buildings, erected in North Wales, that are worthy of consideration.

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