As an innovative project approaches the two-year anniversary of its completion, Wynne Construction reflects on the impact the development has made on the region’s heritage.
The Conwy Culture Centre, which was built just outside the historic walled gateway to the town on the former location of Ysgol Bodlondeb by Wynne Construction on behalf of Conwy County Borough Council, was completed in December 2019.
The £3.7m build included a county library, cafÉ, arts and heritage hub, and a new archive storage for the 80,000 documents and 1,000 museum artefacts held by the county.
Since completion, the building has received industry acclaim, winning Best Public Service Building in the Conwy County Borough Council, North Wales region, and All-Wales Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards in 2020.
The awards focus on buildings which show excellence across a number of factors, including craftsmanship, innovation, sustainability, and the working relationships with LABC surveyors.
Graham Dickson, contracts manager at Wynne Construction, said: “We were thrilled that the Conwy Culture Centre was named as one of the best public service buildings within Wales and credit must go to the fantastic site team who worked tirelessly to bring this innovative design to life. Our main goal with the development was to ensure we delivered the facilities in a sustainable and natural manner, so it was pleasing to see our industry peers agree that we achieved those aims.
“It was excellent working alongside Conwy County Borough Council on this project to help bring this construction to fruition, and we hope to work with them again on more innovative schemes in the future.”
The project was specifically designed to blend into the natural parkland surrounding the site, with a green roof, natural materials, and glass utilised alongside the planting of additional trees and landscaping.
Wynne also employed an innovative scheme to maintain the county’s historical documents on site, housing the archive in a basement specifically built to minimise energy costs and optimise document preservation through the harnessing of the surrounding earth’s cooler temperatures.
As part of the development, the overall ground level of the building was reduced through excavation, while the existing stone boundary walls which ran alongside Bangor Road were repaired and extended.