Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Heritage Design Charrette

On 21st October 2017 at Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil, the Design Commission for Wales and the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University convened a multi-disciplinary team to scope the possibilities within the town and surrounding landscape in a bold visioning exercise that sought ways of making of Merthyr’s heritage assets something greater than the sum of its parts, underlining its true international significance.

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CRWCIBL - Merthyr Tudful Ar Gyfer - Ardoddiad Charrette

CRUCIBLE - Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Heritage - Design Charrette Report

The charrette – an intense day of ideas generation – considered how Cyfarthfa Castle, its extended landscape and built heritage might become an international quality visitor destination and experience, better promoting its already palpable sense of place. It considered new ways in which these central assets could be connected to other assets throughout the town and beyond to catalyse regeneration and tourism, maximise impact and return real public benefit. The findings highlighted four strategically integrated areas:

  1. A cathedral for our industrial heritage
  2. Weaving a connected landscape
  3. Beyond Cyfarthfa – Beyond Merthyr
  4. A year-round framework for events

The report recommends the pursuit of these strands and outlines the necessary resources, timescales and mechanisms required for them to realise their full potential.