Forge Fach Community Resource Centre

  • Location

    Clydach

  • Client

    City and Council of Swansea

    Cwmni Clydach Development Trust

  • Value

    £1.4m

  • Completion

    2006

An inspirational, socially inclusive project with a sense of ownership

Located to the North of Swansea, south Wales, in the lush setting of Clydach Park, this was a project designed and delivered for the local community. With community presentations, questionnaires and regular newsletters, the public were involved at every step of the design process. 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.