HRH Prince of Wales opens Marine Centre Wales
Wilson Mason’s latest building, for Bangor University, has been opened by HRH Prince of Wales. The ceremony took place on 5th July and followed a tour of the building and meeting some of the SME’s using the building.
HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened the University’s new Marine Centre Wales. Built at a cost of £5.5M, Marine Centre Wales is a national facility for the growing marine sector in Wales. The Centre provides a focus and access to expertise and a collaborative space for researchers, commercial operators, and agencies in the Welsh marine sector.
Porject Partner Alan Williams said “The opening marks a new era for the School of Ocean Sciences and it is great to have such positive feedback from the building users who now feel “connected” with the Menai Strait, their working environment”
The building provides access to academic staff for local business to support and promote their growth. Wilson Mason took the original brief and developed it with the University to locate the SME staff along side the academics giving them direct access to the knowledge and expertise of the University. This has been a success as evidenced by the wide range of business attending the opening.
The project is located in a sensitive site adjacent the Menai Strait and within a conservation area, and won planning permission with no objections. It is constructed from of an innovative timber (CLT) frame and is a BREEAM Excellent rated building.