Forge Fach Community Resource Centre
An inspirational, socially inclusive project with a sense of ownership
This project is located to the North of Swansea, S Wales, in the lush setting of Clydach Park. Being a project for the local community it was natural that we would involve them in the design process. We held community presentations, sought comment through questionnaires and kept the public informed with regular newsletters. Our brief was to accommodate small business facilities in addition to sports and leisure, conference rooms and a crèche.
We took clues for the building design from the lush settings of Clydach Park and Clydach River. The curves of the roof and the café reflect the nature of the water and informality of the park. The design is united by a full length single plane of Western Red Cedar at first floor level. Our design embraced sustainability through natural ventilation, substantial insulation levels, solar shading and the use of recyclable materials for the walling and roofing.