Products from our natural stone and pre-cast concrete flag and block paving ranges were specified on the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff and Galeri, the brand new creative enterprise centre in Caernarfon.
The WMC is the first national cultural institution built in Wales for over 50 years and is home to seven of Wales' leading arts and cultural organisations creating a remarkable self-contained artistic community. At the heart of the building is an auditorium for an audience of up to 1,850, designed to set new standards for high performance in natural acoustics (for opera and ballet) and amplified sound (for touring musicals and contemporary dance). Designed by Percy Thomas, the architecture of the building, its forms and the materials selected are inspired by elements of the Welsh Landscape and by the nation's social and cultural traditions.
At the WMC, Appalachian Flag Paving in Black Fleck were combined with natural stone setts to create a chequerboard pattern on more than 2,000 square metres of walkways around the centre. The Appalachian Flag Paving in Black Fleck was developed specifically for Cardiff and has been used throughout the regeneration of Cardiff Docks.
Caernarfon’s new arts centre, known as Galeri, was designed by award-winning Edinburgh architect, Richard Murphy and constructed by Bangor-based builders, Watkin Jones. It includes a 400-seat theatre, which also doubles up as a cinema, an art space, café bar, performance and rehearsal studios, conference/meeting rooms for hire and 27 workspaces. In addition to providing a unique facility for the Centre is also critically important to the overall regeneration of Caernarfon town centre, the Victoria Dock area and the wider community as a whole.
Designed to replicate natural Caithness stone paving, Courtstone Flag Paving was used to provide an authentic Celtic feel in combination with contemporary Andover Textured Block Paving and the popular Countryside Classic Kerb in all pedestrian and car parking areas.