At the CLAW Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Mold, Flintshire on Thursday evening 8 November 2012, Ceredigion County Council won the CLAW Commendation Award 2012 for the redevelopment of the former Aberystwyth Town Hall as a new Town Library, County Archives and Day Centre.
The CLAW Commendation Award is to recognise the contribution made by in-house Council design teams and is given to projects designed predominantly by in-house staff.
The judging panel comprised various Property Professionals and was chaired by Professor Phil Jones, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
CLAW promotes high quality design for public buildings in Wales and sustainability in public property management and the judges were pleased to see the high standard of entries.
The judges were very impressed with the quality of the projects designed by the in-house teams and of the Ceredigion scheme stated that “the design team had a particularly difficult challenge to achieve a modern open-plan layout within a former cellular plan building,” and that “it was good to see the building retained for community use within the town.”
At the Awards Ceremony, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said that she was delighted to receive the prize on behalf of the authority in recognition of the hard work and effort of the Highways, Property and Works Department’s Architects and Design Team in producing the scheme.
CLAW is the Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales that supports the professional and technical interests of property management in local government in Wales. CLAW was formed in 1962 and now works with representatives from the elected members and officials of all 22 Welsh local authorities together with a number of associate member organisations for the promotion of excellence in the management of property assets.