Pwllheli’s world class sailing centre, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, has won the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Cymru Wales Planning Award 2016.
The £9m multipurpose facility is part of the UK Centre of Excellence for sailing in Pwllheli, North Wales. It is designed to host national and international sailing events. The project includes:
- a large flexible hall with training/changing rooms, office, bar, restaurant and tourist information housed in the ‘Academy Building’
- new berths and dredging of existing berths for sail boats
- re-alignment of the road to increase safety for users
The project was approved in 2010 after it was identified that the land facilities for sailing in Pwllheli were inadequate and their slow decline was threatening the local marine and leisure industry. Gwynedd Council brought together a range of interested stakeholders to develop a project to improve the facilities and stimulate the economy across the region.
Peter Lloyd, Chair of RTPI Cymru said:
“Planning has been at the heart of this project, ensuring environmental, economic and community concerns have been met. Planners played a role in the crucial partnerships between the council, government and other stakeholders to deliver this high quality project. This outstanding state of the art complex is meeting the needs of the local community while allowing Pwllheli to complete on the global sailing stage”.
The Wales Planning Award is run by the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru to recognise, applaud and publicise examples of good planning practice in Wales.
Other finalists recognised at the Wales Planning Awards 2016:
The National Lido of Wales
Submitted by: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (pictured below right)
Submitted by: WYG and Cardiff Council (pictured below left)
The Wales Planning Awards were announced at a ceremony during the RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner in Cardiff attended by nearly 200 professionals in the built environment. They have been awarded every year since 2004 and in 2016 are kindly sponsored by Arup.
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