Blaenau Ffestiniog Hub

  • Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Programme: 2010
  • Client: Gwynedd Council
  • Contract Value: £1.3m

Arca were invited to join a team headed by Miller Research with engineers Stockley. The requirement was for a new ‘hub’ building to be developed to complement the new public realm regeneration for Blaenau Ffestiniog rail station, and to improve intermodal transfer between narrow gauge rail, rail, bus, taxi and car.

Arca proposed a building which made reference to the dramatic landscape of the area, dominated by the redundant slate works. A long low building with a curved footprint that recalled the former rail lines was intended to guide people under a heavy slate roof to the high street and tourist attractions beyond. By introducing a service wall along the rear face, the large open plan space could be served by information displays, retail outlets, and cabinets showing materials from the town’s rich social history.