Old Police Station Short-Listed for Local Award
Llys Glas, Swansea’s former Central Police Station, has been short-listed for the Sustainable Swansea Awards 2012.
We've been recognised in the ‘Built Heritage’ category for contributing to the protection and restoration of a historic building in Swansea. Other contendors are Llandeilo Talybont Churchyard just outside Pontarddulais and Henbury Cottage, a listed 18th century home in Pennard, Gower.
When we bought the old police station building it was suffering from a multitude of defects including rotting windows, leaking roofs, defective floors, plasterwork and timberwork. Extensive dry rot had caused further widespread structural damage.
Stuart Davies, our executive director of property development explained the philosophy behind the renovation “Wherever possible we’ve restored and reused materials and retained all original features. We’ve completely overhauled parts of the building and used traditional techniques and materials."
Externally, stonework has been cleaned and restored while the shrapnel damage from the Second World War has been preserved and the clock tower brought back to life after a number of years of silence.
Internally, we restored original oak panels and pillars and parquet flooring. Edwardian fixtures and fittings were replicated including hardwood, lead-weighted sash windows, intricate cornicing, skirting boards, ceiling roses and architraves.
The grade II listed building is now a vibrant mixed use development; it now consists of 80 units of student accommodation, artists’ studios, Citizens’ Advice Bureau’s offices, function rooms for hire and our Tapestri Café Bar and Bistro.
Stuart added “Our aim was to make one of Swansea’s most historically and architecturally important landmark buildings accessible to the public for future generations to enjoy and we’re extremely proud that the development has been recognised.”
The Sustainable Swansea Awards recognise, reward and promote the achievements of local organisations, groups and individuals that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to good environmental practice and sustainable development.
Philip McDonnell, award scheme coordinator commented “Swansea has a reputation of being a hotbed for environmental projects and the quality of entries is always high. It is great to see just how much is going on locally and there are always some real surprises from organisations that wouldn’t normally be associated with the environment or sustainability.”
Winners of the Sustainable Swansea Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea on March 22nd.