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Cyfarthfa Castle was built in 1825 as a mansion home for a wealthy ironmasters family. Set in the Welsh countryside, the Grade I listed building was sold to the council in 1908, becoming a museum and a school.

In 2015, Purcell was appointed to design and redevelop the redundant Cyfarthfa Castle school, repairing the roof as part of that. The transformation aimed to provide a new museum archive collections store, design a new learning zone with classroom workspaces and play space, and design a separate centre for enterprise business opportunities.

Working with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and the Merthyr Leisure Trust, we found long term viable solutions that worked within the confines of a Grade I listed building.

Our design solution takes a once neglected external courtyard and rejuvenates it into the principal space within the learning centre. The new glazed courtyard provides a flexible space that connects with the learning classrooms and discovery gallery, whilst also provides visual connections into the collections store, providing maximum public access.

To the first floor we have created new inspiring, flexible-use workspace that can be used as individual start-ups or by organisations looking to grow and develop.

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