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Canolfan S4C Yr Egin

Facts

Location Client Cost Size Completion Awards
Carmarthen, Wales University of Wales Trinity Saint David £10m 4,000 sqm 2018 RICS Award

Project details

Yr Egin is transformational project that brings the creative and digital content industries together to stimulate ideas and connections while nurturing talent and sharing resources under one roof. 

The design is inspired by the close relationship between the university, S4C and the creative industries. This trinity is reflected in the concept of a simple triangular form. The building is focused around a public foyer and atrium that overarches the three floors.  On the ground floor there is a spacious cafe, performance space and auditorium, as well as other resources for community groups. A range of offices for S4C and the other partners sit on the two upper floors.

The architectural concept for the project is strong and appropriate and works subtly on a number of different levels. Rather than imposing a geometric shape onto the site, the architects have used the idea to create a building which sits comfortably in the site whilst addressing the different surrounding conditions appropriately. The ambition to create an impressive but modest building responds well to S4C’s brief and philosophy.

Design Commission for Wales

Brief

  • provide a fantastic opportunity for academia, industry and the Welsh language community to come together in this rural heartland

Results

  • an iconic development that puts Carmarthenshire on the map as a county that embraces the creative industries
  • a BREEAM Excellent building that encourages collaboration and communication

Integrated services

architecture, civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and acoustics, wayfinding, BREEAM assessor