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The Mount, Carmarthenshire


We assisted Carmarthenshire County Council in securing National Lottery Funding to create a Centre of Excellence for the voluntary sector, moving into a design position once it was confirmed.

The Brief

In February 2004, the old Mount Building in Carmarthen was purchased by the County Council with the vision to transform the existing building into a Centre of Excellence for the voluntary sector. The project had the aim of creating a focal point for the Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services, bringing together the services and giving them a base from which to work.

The council were looking to acquire £500,000 from the National Lottery Fund and CFAP to fund the project. They needed an architectural advisor to help drive the application forward and prove how the scheme would come together.

Our Solution

After overwhelming support for development of the centre from the voluntary services and our support, the grant application was successful.

The council were delighted with our support and commissioned our team to head up the design and build of the project.

To ensure it was meeting the needs of those who would be using it on a daily basis, we worked with the council to consult those in the voluntary sector and various disability access groups. Based on these recommendations and our planning work, we created detailed design drawings, creating a facility that included:

  • meeting rooms
  • studios
  • media rooms
  • ICT suites

We also designed the site to site within a sustainable package that included solar heating and a combined heat and power boiler installation to help promote sustainability.

Since the new Mount Centre was completed it’s received a number of accolades, including:

  • Carmarthen Civic Society Awards 2009
  • Townscape Conservation & Improvement Award
  • The Mount, Carmarthen
Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)