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Merthyr Tydfil – Cyfarthfa Plan Winners

Ian Ritchie Architects has won the competition for an estimated £50 million plan to develop Cyfarthfa Castle and its extended historic industrial landscape in Wales over the next year.

iRAL will lead the Cyfarthfa Plan team supported by Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Fourth Street, Equals Consulting, Arup, Julia Holberry Associates, and TheWholeStory.

The Plan seeks to develop a visionary, exemplary and multi-layered strategic plan to be implemented over the next 25 years. Looking beyond the post-industrial era, it will reimagine and regenerate Merthyr Tydfil’s heritage assets into something greater than the sum of its parts, based on real social value, inventive educational development and environmental leadership while generating economic benefit and investment for the local community and beyond.

The Cyfarthfa Plan Team looks forward to working with Merthyr Tydfil Council, its stakeholders and the wider public, and collaborating with people of Merthyr Tydfil to reveal its sense of place, exciting stories and nuances of local culture, its strong engineering history and exploit its unique topography through unconventional thinking.

Inspired and exciting by the ambition of this project and the positivity of the Crucible Charette, and what it will mean for the future direction of Merthyr Tydfil, the team looks forward to building on this ambition over the coming year.