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Award winning showroom!

Beacon Heating have been celebrating since the announcement of the RIBA Welsh Architecture Award and a RIBA Welsh Small Project Award for their new showroom. The building was designed by Niall Maxwell and built by Firth Construction. The showroom was “designed to celebrate wood, both as a renewable energy source and a construction material”.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President Angela Brady said:

“For nearly fifty years the RIBA Awards have reflected the changing state of British architecture and revealed emerging design trends. What really stands out is that even in times of austerity, we can still deliver amazingly clever, high quality buildings that reflect the needs of today and enhance our daily lives. The judges were delighted to see so many well considered, crafted and innovative projects, and the use of beautiful materials; these projects are truly exciting and inspiring. The huge range of great buildings will guarantee an exciting Stirling Prize shortlist later in the year and illustrates the value of quality in architecture.”

The Beacon Heating team and proud architect Niall Maxwell were particularly delighted by the RIBA jury comments:

“Small-scale, often perfunctory buildings make up the fabric of daily experience and to elevate something from the everyday to something special is an achievement. This small showroom for a wood energy appliance retailer is designed to celebrate wood, both as a renewable energy source and a construction material. It is an unexpected delight, beautifully detailed, highly crafted and an eloquent demonstration of the client’s commitment to sustainability. lt is also an exemplar for industrial buildings in rural areas.”

For further details and to see the other winning innovative buildings visit the BBC News website for the First Welsh architecture awards

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