Press Releases 2016

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin - latest designs unveiled

02.08.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David will reveal the latest designs for Canolfan S4C Yr Egin during an event on the University's stand in the Monmouth and District Eisteddfod today (Tuesday, August 2nd) at 3pm.

S4C Yr Egin - Artists Impression

The University has submitted a planning application for the development to Carmarthenshire County Council’s Planning Committee, and during the event at the Eisteddfod, there will be an opportunity for partners and potential tenants to hear more about the design as well as view a 3D model of the building.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Director of the project on behalf of the University, and Ian Jones, Chief Executive of S4C, will also be present to talk about the development as well as to introduce the vision in the form of a fly through, communicating the ambition and tone of the development.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will open during the first quarter of 2018.  It’s a development that has an exciting vision that will transform and shape the creative industries in South West Wales and beyond. There will also be many opportunities for local people to enjoy the building as well as its various resources - a cafe, auditorium and performance stages that will offer a range of events for diverse audiences.

Bringing together a range of creative, digital and cultural practitioners within the same building, there will be an opportunity to co-locate a set of specific skills, thereby establishing opportunities to exchange information, to innovate and to create jobs.

"The economic impact of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will be significant, contributing more than £11m to the local economy each year,” says Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

"Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will attract a high value sector, with opportunities for substantial specialist jobs and new opportunities in the Swansea Bay City Region," he adds.

The Centre will also be destination of choice where the University will create new enterprise hubs and high skill accelerator schemes to grow new businesses linked to the University’s portfolio, and where it will develop the skills of existing businesses and attract new investment into the region.

At a glance:

• 98 new jobs will be created, including many in 6 graduate start-up incubator units that will be established

• Cluster of 175 jobs within the creative community

• 75 full-time jobs relocating including 55 S4C jobs

• 507 full-time supply chain jobs

• 85 construction industry jobs created

Ian Jones, S4C's Chief Executive said: "After many months of hard work, the plans for Canolfan S4C Yr Egin are coming to life before our eyes and it is very exciting to see work progressing in such a way. With the planning process underway, and the architects having completed their initial work, the plans to create a new headquarters for S4C in Carmarthen have now taken a big step forward.

"By opening our headquarters in West Wales in 2018, keeping a strong presence in Cardiff and with our Caernarfon office, S4C will be at the heart of the audience across Wales, developing close creative relationships that will provide new benefits to the our service."

.The design has already been presented to the Design Commission for Wales and has received its approval. In a recent report, the Commission said: "The architectural concept for the project is strong and appropriate and works subtly on a number of different levels.  Rather than the concept 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.”

The internal layout of the building is focused around a public foyer and atrium that overarches the three floors.  There will be a specific focus on the broadcasting and performance on the ground floor, with a range of offices for S4C and other partners on the other two floors.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin’s design team is a partnership between the Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), a company based in Newcastle Emlyn, and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international company of architects, engineers and designers, with local architect, Niall Maxwell leading on the project.

Niall Maxwell, of ROA said “BDP and ROA are delighted to be working on the Canolfan S4C Yr Egin building in Carmarthen.

“This is a collaborative partnership between a global brand, BDP, and a local creative practice in ROA which brings together a multi-award winning organisation of over 1000 people, with an inter-disciplinary structure, collaborating with a practice established in Carmarthenshire for the past decade, employing a talented team of architects, with a portfolio of award winning rural projects,” adds Niall.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin will be energy efficient with an inner area of approximately 3,600 square metres spread over three floors.

The design is based on the close relationship between the University, prospective tenants of the Centre and the wider community.  This relationship, or Trinity, is reflected in the design of the building: a simple triangular form that grows from Carmarthenshire’s soil. It is linked to the main campus by a large public square, which will allow for the staging of a variety of outdoor activities

Note to Editor

  1. A fly through (MP4) of the building is available on request.  The fly through has been assembled using design information that is “under development”. The purpose of the video is to provide an interpretation of the building concept and the content will be subject to future development as the internal building plans are finalised and agreed.
  2. In March 2014 following a competitive process, the S4C Authority confirmed that its headquarters would relocate to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's campus in Carmarthen. It will be part of a new creative centre - Canolfan S4C Yr Egin - which will become home to a cluster of companies and organisations of the creative industries.
  3. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk