Canolfan S4C Yr Egin named one of the best buildings in Wales


Last Friday (February 15), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) announced its annual shortlist of Wales’ best buildings - and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted that Canolfan S4C Yr Egin has been included in both the Commercial and Design through Innovation categories.

Yr Egin

Yr Egin - the University’s new digital and creative centre based at its Carmarthen campus - is an innovative development located within a striking and iconic building.  It includes an auditorium, editing suites, performance areas as well as a popular café and offers a varied programme of events, workshops, talks and screenings.

With S4C as the main anchor tenant, Yr Egin is also home to a range of companies working in the creative industries including multi-media publishing and digital technology; digital education; video production and photography; post production; graphic design; translation and sub-titling as well as financial management for the creative industries. They include: Boom, Gorilla, Atebol, Big Learning Company, Captain Jac, Asset Finance Solutions, Carlam, Highly, Lens 360, Moilin, Optimwm, and Trywydd.

Having opened to the public during the autumn of 2018, Yr Egin has already established itself at the heart of the University’s Carmarthen campus providing opportunities for the creative industries, students and staff as well as the local community, to create, learn and enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities. 

“Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a contemporary landmark and it fully deserves to be on the shortlist – twice! Due to its excellent design, the building offers the ideal environment to inspire, develop and produce creative projects. Yr Egin is the interface for cross-pollination between the creative industries, the audience and the talent pipeline from the University - and it’s been clear since opening our doors in the autumn that all users of Yr Egin find it an energising yet a relaxing space – and this is all due to its innovative design” says Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Egin.

“What we have at Yr Egin is innovative design, state of the art facilities and the co-location of talent, providing all the key elements allowing ground breaking ideas to be realised,” continues Carys.   “I’m truly looking forward to seeing ideas and projects grow and blossom here in Carmarthenshire and am very proud that Yr Egin has been recognised on such a prestigious list of buildings."

Yr Egin

Huw Jones, Chair of S4C said:  “We at S4C are extremely pleased that Canolfan S4C Yr Egin has made the shortlist for these awards. S4C relocated its headquarters from Cardiff to Carmarthen in September 2018. We have 56 staff members working at Yr Egin who have settled well and enjoy the creative ambience. We are pleased that the architecture of this iconic building, which is an integral part of our confidence in the future of West Wales has been recognised in this way.”

The design team behind Yr Egin was a partnership between Carmarthenshire-based Rural Office for Architecture (ROA) and BDP (Building Design Partnership), an international company of architects, engineers and designers, with local architect, Niall Maxwell leading on the project.

"This building was designed as a vessel for creativity, to be shaped by the media and digital creatives working and studying in Wales,” says Niall Maxwell.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity for academia, industry and the Welsh language community to come together in this rural heartland to nurture and develop talent."

Neil Sansum, BDP’s project director adds:  “Making truly creative space for truly creative people has been a hugely exciting and rewarding project for us at BDP. Building connections and collaboration lies at the heart of the design, offering a light, bright central atrium that unites the building’s spaces, from the entrance hall and auditorium to the studio and office spaces, and connects the people who use it.  We hope Yr Egin will help nurture collaboration and innovation for generations to come.”

For further information about Yr Egin, please email or follow Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on Facebook and @yr_egin on Twitter.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476