Ebbw Vale steelworks was once the largest in Europe.
Its closure in 2001 sparked a regeneration programme that cleared the site of all buildings except the listed General Offices, for which a new use had been found. The building was to be developed as a new home for Gwent Records Office, a visitor centre for the area, offices and function rooms. Gwent Archives collects preserves and makes accessible archives relating to the area it serves. The architects developed a design theme that alludes to the site’s rich history to complement the building’s existing finishes. The General Offices building is an extensive and grand Edwardian red brick and stone building. It remains largely as built, retaining its clock tower, large drawing offices as well as its board room and chairman’s office. The new extension is a modern design which features flat, shaped and curved forms.
The material used was Alucobond® Spectra Light Grey, Indiana Copper and Corten Steel. Internally much of the original building and its finishes remained.
Doors, ironmongery, the grand stone staircase and glazed wall tiling dados all remained and have been repaired, or restored where necessary.
Project: Gwent Records, Steelworks Road, Ebbw Vale, UK
Architect: Stride Treglown Davies, Cardiff, UK
Fabricator/Installer: Booth Muirie Ltd / Severn Insulation Co Ltd, UK
Construction: BM120 cassette panel system with recessed joints
Year of Construction: 2011
Product: Alucobond® Spectra Light Grey, Indiana Copper
Photos: Booth Muirie | Photosignals