Regenerating the historic past of the Welsh steel industry
Ebbw Vale steelworks was once the largest in Europe. Its closure in 2001 sparked a regeneration programme that cleared the site of all buildings except the listed General Offices, for which a new use had been found. The building was to be developed as a new home for Gwent Records Office, a visitor centre for the area, offices and function rooms. Our interiors team worked alongside our architects and building surveyors to assess the condition of the derelict structure and to formulate a workable plan for its restoration and conversion.
The Records Office includes specialist areas for conserving documents and search facilities as well as more conventional office spaces. We developed a design theme that alludes to the site’s rich history, utilising hot rolled steel, warm amber colours and oak to complement the building’s existing finishes.
The visitor centre – branded 3000 Degrees, uses multi-media technology to allow visitors to discover the story of the steel industry in the area. They can then discover what their personal connections might have been, encouraging people to delve in to their genealogy and investigate further at the Records Office. Working with an interpretive planner and AV experts we developed a scheme that provides a journey for visitors, culminating in a 5D cinema experience.