A Grade I Listed house in south Wales restored by architects Austin-Smith:Lord, and incorporating an interactive visitor experience designed and created by Enigma Creative Solutions has been shortlisted for the prestigious RICS national award ceremony, held this month in London.
The conservation and restoration of the derelict 18th century Llanelly House, stage one of which was opened to the public earlier this year, was the subject of the BBC programme: “Llanelly House Restored”, featuring Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
The overall aim of the six million pound project was to incorporate the UK’s first genealogy centre within this beautiful family home. Three years later, Llanelly House boasts a state of the art visitor experience set over three floors. Visitors, who have included the Prince of Wales, learn about the story of the house, the families who lived there and the local community, spanning several generations.
Enigma were appointed to create the entire visitor experience from room interiors and historic interpretation to engaging interactive experiences, truly bringing the house to life whilst exploring its history. In addition, Enigma created a visitor centre which included a gallery space to display the £250,000 Armorial dinner service. The overall experience was enhanced by the creation of an immersive AV projection time capsule room, as well as a cafe and shop.
Llanelly House was awarded the RICS Wales Project of the Year and RICS Wales Building Conservation titles in a ceremony held in Cardiff, in May.
“We were delighted and honoured to play a role in bringing this rare example of a Welsh early Georgian townhouse to life”, says Tom Prendergast, senior designer for Enigma. “The project captured the imagination of the British public and although work is still ongoing, the results so far have been nothing short of stunning. It is gratifying therefore, that Llanelly House is receiving the recognition it truly deserves, ensuring that future generations can enjoy exploring and experiencing this superb property”.
The RICS national awards ceremony will be held at the Savoy Hotel in London on Friday 17 October. It will be hosted by Channel 4’s “Restoration Man”, George Clarke HonRICS.