RIBA Award 2006
Regeneration Award; Best Design-Led Regeneration Project 2006
Civic Trust Award 2006
Forming a focus for the regeneration of Swansea's Maritime Quarter, this scheme includes the renovation of an existing Grade II listed warehouse building and the creation of new galleries to house objects telling the story of Wales' industrial and maritime past. There is a powerful narrative to the design, which is inspired by the unique history and context of the site.
The curves of old railway tracks running across the site offered a strong sense of movement, and their lines have informed the plan of the new building and landscaping. The new gallery spaces have clear connections to the refurbished museum space, enabling the scheme to be viewed as a single entity. However, they have a strong identity of their own, with the striking use of Welsh slate in a series of overlapping wall planes.