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These are the most impressive buildings built in Wales; And Swansea's Active Classroom was named RICS Project of the Year.

Byline: Chris Pyke

Sixteen of Wales's most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards 2018.

Swansea's Active Classroom -- an innovative project at Swansea University's Bay Campus - took the overall, esteemed 'RICS Project of the Year, Wales' title.

The annual RICS Awards, Wales celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors across eight category awards.

Swansea's Active Classroom took the highly acclaimed 'RICS Project of the Year, Wales' accolade, which is presented to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, Wales, Phil Johns, said: "The Active Classroom is a pioneering project that points a way forward for domestic and commercial construction and has the potential to drive significant, positive change in the construction industry that could have benefits around the world."

He added: "All of this year's winners are testament to the successful collaboration of the talented teams behind them. Together, their complimentary skills and exceptional vision has not only created some remarkable built schemes which Wales can be immensely proud of, but they are also having a profoundly positive impact on their local communities."

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in London later this year, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

The winners of the eight individual categories were:

The listed outdoor all-weather concrete quarter-mile track, opened in 1900, was in need of rescuing, and a partnership between the town and county councils, Welsh Cycling and Sport Wales meant the facility was reborn.

The building blends into its surroundings, echoing the Welsh slate industry, with a mix of material from Penrhyn and Cwt-y-Bugail quarries.

Zip World said the project has created more jobs and opportunities in the area.

The projects chosen as the most impressive new buildings across Wales

Old Oak Housing co-operative is a partnership between Tai Gwalia (Pobl Group), Wales Co-operative Centre, Carmarthenshire Council and Morganstone. The project is the first of its kind in Carmarthenshire and the tenant- managed housing co-operative features 27 homes.

Built by Specific at Swansea University to demonstrate the latest renewable energy technologies being developed by the company and by collaborative companies.

The design for the RNLI's new Llandudno lifeboat station sits on an iconic site on the exposed beach to the east of the town's Victorian promenade and between the limestone headlands of the Great and Little Orme which shelter the bay. The building is clad with Welsh limestone and Siberian larch under a natural copper inverted roof and represents the culmination of 20 years of efforts by the RNLI to modernise their search and rescue capability at Llandudno.

The Grade II-listed Jennings warehouse building now forms a hub of activity in the seaside town of Porthcawl -- but until early 2017 was abandoned and had fallen into disrepair. Now the building forms the centrepiece of the wider Porthcawl harbour and seafront area and could act as a catalyst for future regeneration of the town.

Leonard Charles House is the transformation of a former department store in Swansea into a residential and commercial development. Built in 1972, it was a major shopping destination. Its subsequent decline led finally to closure in 2013, contributing to the rundown, neglected appearance of the area.

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RICS said St Fagans National Museum of History has been transformed into a world-class, participatory, inclusive museum and visitor attraction driven by the needs of its users.


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Date:May 31, 2018
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