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Welsh Architecture : Buildings in Wales

Contemporary Developments + Buildings in Wales, UK, Europe

post updated 25 February 2024

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Architecture in Wales

e-architect select what we feel are the key examples of Welsh Architecture. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitins and architecture competitions across Wales. The focus is on contemporary Welsh buildings.

We have 3 pages of Welsh Architecture selections:

Welsh Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

Welsh Buildings : A-J

Welsh Building Designs : K-Z

Welsh Architectural News by City

Cardiff Architecture News

Swansea Buildings

Welsh Building News

Welsh Architecture News

21 February 2024
2024 RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards Shortlist
Sbarc | spark, Cardiff University, Cardiff, by Hawkins\Brown
photo : Will Scott Photography
2024 RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards

16 June 2023
Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, South Wales
Architecture: White Arkitekter
Velindre Cancer Centre Cardiff Wales
image courtesy of architecture practice
Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff

8 May 2022
Grange Pavilion, Cardiff
Design: Benham Architects and IBI Group
Grange Pavilion building Cardiff Wales
photograph : James Alexander Foxhall
Grange Pavilion Cardiff

8 May 2022
Private Residence, Swansea
Design: Loyn & Co Architects
Residence in Swansea by Loyn & Co Architects
photograph : Charles Hosea
Swansea Home by Loyn & Co Architects

4 Feb 2018
New Grange Hospital Building
New Grange Hospital Building in South Wales
picture : BDP, Architects
A £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales, designed by BDP Architects. Main contractor is Laing O’Rourke, with Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems, doors and windows being used.

Work at The New Grange Hospital is set begin in the coming weeks and be completed in 2019.

Hadyn Ellis Building Cardiff University, south Wales – 13 Nov 2013
Design: IBI Nightingale
Hadyn Ellis Building Cardiff - Welsh Architecture
photo from architect
Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport has officially opened the £30m Hadyn Ellis Building. Designed by IBI Nightingale, it is the first phase of the exciting and emerging new Science and Innovation Campus at Maindy Road being developed for Cardiff University.

Cardiff Central Masterplan, south Wales
Cardiff Central Masterplan - Welsh Architecture
image from architect
Cardiff Central Masterplan – 6 Mar 2013
HASSELL has been commissioned by Cardiff Council to master plan two key areas of the city centre – Callaghan Square and the area around Cardiff Central Rail Station.

Cardiff and Vale College, south Wales
Design: BDP
Cardiff and Vale College - Welsh Architecture
image from architects
Cardiff and Vale College – 4 Mar 2013
BDP has won the competition to design the 16,000 sqm Cardiff City Centre Community Campus for Cardiff and Vale College. The college is one of the largest in Wales serving Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and this project brings together many of its activities onto a single campus in the heart of the city.

Ebbw Vale Learning Zone, south Wales
Design: BDP
Ebbw Vale Building - new Welsh Architecture
photo © Sanna Fisher-Payne
Ebbw Vale Learning Zone – 14 Dec 2012
This building provides post-16 vocational and academic learning. The building lies at the heart of the regeneration of the former steelworks site, the largest regeneration project in Wales, and occupies a key location close to the existing town centre.

ReDesigning the Welsh Terrace Competition News
ReDesigning the Welsh Terrace Competition – 13 Dec 2012

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
Architects: Acanthus Holden
Roch Castle Pembrokeshire Wales Welsh Building
image from architect
Roch Castle Pembrokeshire – 8 Oct 2012
This historic building was purchased with the aim of creating an exclusive corporate retreat in West Wales, fitted out to an unparalleled level of quality. From the outset, the project has been rigorously marshalled by a design philosophy based on the faithful conservation of the medieval fabric contrasting with the crisply engineered interiors appropriate to the building’s new life.

Maggie’s Cardiff
Dow Jones Architects
Maggies Cardiff – 5 Jul 2012
Maggie’s has announced it is to build a Centre at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.
The partnership between Maggie’s and Velindre NHS Trust will benefit thousands of people living with cancer in Cardiff and the surrounding area.
Architects Dow Jones has agreed to design the Centre and is currently in talks with the Trust and Maggie’s to find a suitable site.

Maggie’s Southwest Wales
Design: Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James
Maggies Wales
photograph : Thore Garbers
Maggies Wales – 28 + 22 Jun 2012
Kisho Kurokawa gifted the concept sketch for this Maggie’s Centre before his death in 2007. The ensuing design presented a challenge to the architects tasked with delivering the sketch in that the complex geometries had not been defined. The outcome is a special and glorious little building in many ways.

Welsh Architecture Competition

Eisteddfod Architecture Competition
Eisteddfod Architecture Pavilion - Welsh Architecture
image by winning architects
Welsh Architecture Competition – 23 Apr 2012
The scheme, “A Welsh Landscape”, by Coombs+Jones has been announced as the winner of the National Eisteddfod Architecture Pavilion competition. This scheme will be built as the architecture pavilion for the National Eisteddfod in the Vale of Glamorgan in August 2012.
For the first time in its history, the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales Architecture Pavilion will be created by a Welsh Designer.

16 Apr 2012

Welsh Design Competition

Temporal Sustainable Theatre Space
Theatre Architecture Competition
Alongside the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s state-of-the-art new performance venues and facilities, sits the Anthony Hopkins Centre.
This 19th century building was originally the stable mews for Cardiff Castle. In the late 1990’s Former student of the College and internationally acclaimed actor Anthony Hopkins provided funding to develop the stable mews into a rehearsal and performance facility to enhance the provision at the College. The Anthony Hopkins Centre is built around a courtyard which in 2013 will be the site for World Stage Designs temporary sustainable theatre space.

Welsh Architecture – Latest Designs

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Cardiff
image : BFLS
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Development

Merthyr Learning Quarter, southeast Wales
RMJM architects
Merthyr Tydfil Building
image from architects
Welsh Further Education College
Planning permission has been granted for the Merthyr Learning Quarter Project (MLQ), which is being designed by RMJM’s London studio.

Welsh Building Images

North Wales Building Photos
Conwy Castle Wales
photo © Adrian Welch
North Wales Buildings, UK : Photos. 3 May 2011

Welsh Architecture – Recent Projects

Ty Hedfan, Brecon, south Wales
Featherstone Young
Ty Hedfan - Welsh Architecture
picture © Featherstone Young
Brecon house

University of Wales, Newport – City Campus, Newport, southeast Wales
Newport City Centre Campus
photo © Martine Hamilton Knight
Newport City Campus

Welsh Housing Competition – RIBA
Welsh Architecture Competition : Lawrenny village, Pembrokeshire

Welsh Buildings – key Designs

Welsh Architecture, alphabetical:

Aberystwyth Creative Units
Heatherwick Studio
Aberystwyth building
photo : Edmund Sumner
Aberystwyth Creative Units

Cardiff Library Building
BDP Architects
Cardiff Library Building
photo : David Barbour / BDP
Cardiff Library Building

Galeri Creative Enterprise, Caernarfon
Richard Murphy Architects
Galeri Creative Enterprise Centre - Welsh Architecture
photo from Richard Murphy Architects
Welsh arts building, northwest Wales

Newport Station, southeast Wales
Architects: Grimshaw with Atkins
Newport Station - Welsh Architecture
image from architect
Newport Station

Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
Sergison Bates Architects
Ruthin Craft Centre - Welsh Architecture
image : Dewi Lloyd © Ruthin Craft Centre
Ruthin Craft Centre

Sleeperz Cardiff Hotel
Clash Associates
Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff
photo : Daniel Clements
Sleeperz Cardiff Hotel

Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre
Ray Hole Architects
Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre
picture from architect
Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

UWIC School of Management, Cardiff

Austin-Smith:Lord LLP
Sharrow Point
photo © Morley von Sternberg
UWIC School of Management

Welsh Building Competition, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, northest Wales
Welsh Building Competition
image © 1AX Architetti Associati
Welsh Building Competition

Welsh National Assembly, Cardiff
Richard Rogers Partnership
Welsh National Assembly
picture © Katsuisha Kida
National Assembly for Wales

Welsh Architecture – No Images

Welsh Architecture, alphabetical:

Atlantic College, Glamorgan : Architecture competition win
Latitude Architects
Welsh college building entry by Graeme Massie Architects

Swansea masterplan
Welsh masterplan

Welsh Gateways Competition
Winners – Ian Ritchie Architects, Marks Barfield, Tonkin Liu

More Building in Wales online soon

Location: Wales, UK

Welsh Architects
North Wales building
Galeri Caernarfon, northwest Wales – photo from Richard Murphy Architects

English Architecture

Irish Architecture

Scottish Tour

Cardiff Architecture


Welsh Building Demolitions

Brynmawr Rubber Factory
1946-51; building demolished around 2003
Co-operative Partnership with Ove Arup & Partners
This Modernist icon appeared in various histories of 20th century architecture. Its demolition was fought by various architecture / cultural bodies such as the 20th Century Society.

Bettws High school aka Newport High School (see the entry further up this page).

Swansea Architecture

Welsh Buildings : RIBA Awards 2006 – Wales

Buildings / photos for the Welsh Architecture page welcome.