Our usual place was booked so we checked into the Travelodge in the centre of Llanelli a town equidistant between Swansea and Carmarthen.
This was on the cusp of that change from August heat wave into August monsoon.
Any town looks uninviting in a downpour. We escaped the hot hotel room to get provisions from Aldi.
Walking back this view of a long building clad in some strange horizontal stripy stuff caught my eye. It was the Y Ffwrnes cultural centre
I was looking at a scheme comprised of ‘a new build for a purpose built theatre with flexible space for a wide range of community and professional events and activities’.
Next to it there were some grade II listed former chapel buildings known as the Zion Chapel and Old Sunday School. These were swept up into the scheme, to house a studio theatre, office space and a social enterprise centre.
The Architects responsible, Lawray, put it perfectly on their website:
“Y Ffwrnes Cultural Centre needed to stand as a contemporary expression of the Llanelli’s history in tin-making and create a relevant setting for art and drama in the regenerated town centre. Overall, it had to establish a rapport and sense of ownership within the community.”
We checked out and moved on.