Welsh arts centre refurb gets two thumbs-up
A project to extend and refurbish a significant arts centre on the Welsh coast, which we’ve been working on with architect de Matos Ryan, has received planning permission as well as part-funding from Arts Council Wales.
Housed in the chapel of what was the Bon Sauveur convent school in Holyhead, on the Isle of Anglesey, Canolfan Ucheldre is one of Wales’ leading arts centres. The £1.9 million project involves the extension and refurbishment to the Grade II listed chapel, which stands as a key landmark and provider of identity for the town.
As part of our landscape design proposals, we have created a garden of wellbeing and bio-diversity to the rear of the site, which will incorporate beehives, raised planting beds and wildflower meadows. The garden will be brought into the centre of the new building in the form of a tranquil courtyard, which references the original cloister of the convent demolished in 1988.
We were delighted to hear that the planning officer particularly appreciated the detail and clarity of the design, provided by all members of the design team, which he said had made his job much easier. We believe that attention to detail is essential, from the first site visit to completion of projects on the ground, so it’s great to have that acknowledged by our colleagues in the planning process.
CGIs courtesy of de Matos Ryan