The Royal International Pavillion, Llangollen.

The Royal International Pavillion, Llangollen

Leisure, Major Projects

For Clwyd County Council

This project demonstrates how the Directors of 4D Studio are able to combine design creativity with the ability to work within strict timetables and programmes. John Muir and colleague Vernon Almeida worked with the Eisteddfod Trust, the local authority and 16 voluntary organisations on all aspects of this project.

Clwyd County Council’s programme for the pavilion was an onerous one. Our brief as Design Team Leader, Architect and Interior Designer was to provide theatre facilities for an annual Summer Music Festival attended by 50,000 people with individual concert attendances of 6,000 people. We were also to create a focal point for community recreation and culture during the time between festivals providing manageable facilities suited to a small Welsh town. We built the project in a 38-week period (between festivals) and for a £2.9m cost driven by a mixture of grant aid and charity work. Our designs were to create a landmark building with an instantly recognisable image around the world, but set in the heart of a small town nestling in a beautiful Welsh valley.

The solution to these programme and cost constraints was achieved by tight programme management, coupled to a particular procurement route (two stage tendering) and an innovative design based on our previous experience of fabric engineering technology and tension membrane structures

The plan is based on a core building (the sports/recreation hall) with adjoining arena (which doubles as a covered football/rugby pitch) and a theatre coupled with purpose- made lightweight aluminium framed temporary extensions to extend seating to 6000. During large events the sports hall becomes back-of-stage and the entrance and exits to the building are reversed