The Welsh Georgian Trust’s restoration of Plas Kynaston in Cefn Mawr has been shortlisted for the Heritage Angel Awards Wales in the category ‘Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (for projects under £5m)’.
Heritage Angel Awards Wales is a new Welsh awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation and the winners in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony in Caerphilly Castle on Thursday 8 November 2018.
Plas Kynaston is an important Grade II listed house and was the home of the Kynaston family whose industrial activities led to the development of the Plas Kynaston foundry which cast the ironwork for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The Aqueduct and Canal are now designated a World Heritage Site and Cefn Mawr is included in the World Heritage Buffer Zone.
Plas Kynaston served as the local library for a number of years until a new library was built adjacent to it in the 1970s. The house remained empty for many years, resulting in its boarding up and placement on the Buildings at Risk Register.
In 2012, The Welsh Georgian Trust approached Wrexham County Borough Council to secure the future of the building and it became the Trust’s first project.
Central to the project was finding a long-term, economically viable use. Following extensive research and consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, it was concluded that the best way forward was to repair the house and convert it into single bedroom apartments.
With planning permission and listed building consent obtained, work was undertaken on site during 2016 and early 2017. In November 2017, Plas Kynaston received Wrexham Area Civic Society’s Award for ‘Conservation of an Existing Building of Historic or Architectural Interest’.
Responding to the latest award shortlisting, Andrew Beckett, Chairman of The Welsh Georgian Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Heritage Angel Awards Wales and to have the recognition for the many years of volunteer and community effort which has been put into this important project.”
For more details about the Plas Kynaston project and The Welsh Georgian Trust please visit the Trust’s website www.welshgeorgiantrust.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Welsh Georgian Trust
The Welsh Georgian Trust is a Building Preservation Trust using Architectural Heritage Fund and Charity Commission approved Memorandum and Articles of Association. We are a company limited by guarantee, a registered charity. Our trustees have vast experience of the historic environment in Wales. We have an office in Abergavenny but cover all of Wales and the Marches.
Our objects are to preserve for the benefit of the people of Wales and the Welsh Marches and of the Nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Wales and the Welsh Marches in Georgian and Pre-Georgian buildings (including any structure or erection, and any part of a building as so defined) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.
About the Heritage Angel Awards Wales
Heritage Angel Awards Wales is a new Welsh awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales are administering the Awards in Wales on behalf of the Heritage Angel Awards Wales Steering Group.
About the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Andrew in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit; since inception Andrew has been the principal provider of funding for all its charitable activities. In 2010, the Foundation embarked on an active grant giving programme and has now awarded grants of over £19.5m to support high quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities. Significant grants include £3.5m to Arts Educational Schools, London to create a state of the art professional theatre, £2.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, £1m to The Architectural Heritage Fund, $1.3m to the American Theatre Wing and over £350,000 annually to fund 30 performing arts scholarships for talented students in financial need.