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Ruthin Craft Centre

Client: Ruthin Craft Centre

Architect: Sergison Bates

Contractor: Chalcroft

Value: £4.4 million

Summary: Ruthin Craft Centre was opened on July 28th 2008, unveiling a stunning contemporary building set against the backdrop of Clwydian Hills.  The project was funded by the Arts Council of Wales' Capital Lottery Funding and provides a courtyard with three new galleries, a retail gallery, café and six artist studios as well as educational and residency facilities.

The walls are constructed in coloured reinforced concrete using the 'Tilt-up' technique which is prevalent in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. This method of construction provides an extremely high quality of finish by casting wall panels horizontally on he ground as slabs before tilting and lifting them into place.

Ruthin Craft Centre will work with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Craft Study Centre, IC: Innovative Craft in Edinburgh and internationally with galleries in USA, Australia and Japan. The Galleries will show a wide spectrum of the very best of 21st Century Applied Arts practice, covering the vast field of many art form activities that constitute innovative contemporary craft.