Hall + Bednarczyk’s scheme was chosen as the winning design in Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s two-stage competition for new facilities at one of their most visited sites.
The 330m² building houses facilities for Llandegfedd Sailing Club, DCWW’s outdoor-activities centre, and a variety of schools and organisations. The proposal is a simple two storey form – an archetypal pitched roof boatshed partially wrapped by a generous viewing terrace that spills out from the flexible main function room at first floor level. This simple but elegant space, conceived as a large loose-fit room equivalent to a village hall, enjoys commanding views of the reservoir. It is served by a kitchen and support rooms which allow it to cater for a myriad of uses. The ground floor accommodates the wet spaces – changing rooms, showers & WC’s, and a retail outlet for watersports activities. Storage provision for rescue boats & watersports equipment occupies the undercroft of the terrace.
The building is clad in a continuous sheath of cedar intended to weather down to a natural silver timber tone with resonances of traditional boatsheds. Crisply defined construction details bring refinement to the apparent simplicity of the design and draw attention to the subtle variation in grain and tone of the cedar cladding materials.
2016 RIBA Wales Building of the Year
2016 RIBA Journal MacEwen Award
2015 Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize
2011 Llandegfedd Visitor Centre & Watersports Centre
Winner-2 Stage Competitionn