ABOUT THE BUILDING
The Works 2 now known as ‘Y Ffwrnes’ is currently being constructed on derelict land next to Zion Chapel in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The Grade II listed chapel and neighbouring old school also being renovated. Y Ffwrnes, which will form part of the Eastern Gateway to the town, will play a major role in the regeneration of Llanelli and the wider south west region, bringing new employment and training opportunities to people across the region by accommodating 51 jobs within the creative industries sector and creating an estimated 35 full and part time jobs by the end of December 2013. It is thought that the development will attract more than 70,000 visitors as well as playing a major role in community life.
Y Ffwrnes will provide a venue for drama, musical theatre, opera, concerts, dance, cabaret, public meetings and social functions. The new complex replaces the existing entertainment centre on the other side of the town. As part of the scheme a multi-purpose 500+ seat main auditorium, with a stage, orchestra pit and a flexible seating system will be constructed. This will be the first theatre in Wales to have full accessibility allowing wheelchair access to the fly-tower, allowing disabled people the opportunity to be trained and gain employment as lighting and backstage technicians.
University of Wales: Trinity Saint David will occupy offices on the first floor for a project which will focus on creating opportunities for students. Space will be created for six social enterprise units by the end of December 2013, with the chapel renovated to provide a new place of worship on the ground floor and studio theatre on the upper floor.
Funding has been secured through the Wales European Funding Office via the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government via the Targeted Match Fund, Carmarthenshire County Council and Trinity St David’s University; with other stakeholder participants including the Zion Chapel, various community groups and social enterprises and users of the facility.
The challenge has been to create social sustainability, through sustainable regeneration – blending the old with the new, as well as creating a BREEAM Excellent development utilising the BREEAM 2008 UK Bespoke route.
Y Ffwrnes has a target to open in late October 2012.
- Europe and Wales: Investing in Your Future – European Regional Development Fund;
- Welsh Government (Planning Policy Wales).
- Cyngor Sir Gar/ Carmarthenshire County Council;
- Prifysgol Cymru – Y Drindod Dewi Sant/ University of Wales – Trinity Saint David;