S4C Headquarters - Yr Egin

The new headquarters of S4C has recently opened its doors to staff in Carmarthen. The new base known as Canolfan S4C forms part of Yr Egin - a 3,700 square metre building, which along with the Welsh broadcaster, will be a hub for both the community and firms within the creative and digital industries.

Developed and run by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the vision of Yr Egin is to transform and shape the creative industries in south west Wales and beyond.

The university will launch Yr Egin in the autumn and by the end of the year around 100 staff across S4C and other firms from the creative industries, together with building administration staff, will be based at the site in College Road, essentially part of university campus.

As the approved furniture supplier to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, BOF worked with BDP Architects and the project teams at S4C and the University. BDP were asked to ‘provide a fantastic opportunity for academia, industry and the Welsh language community to come together in this rural heartland’.

The design is inspired by the close relationship between the university, S4C and the creative industries. This trinity is reflected in the concept of a simple triangular form. The building is focused around a public foyer and atrium that overarches the three floors. On the ground floor there is a spacious cafe, performance space and auditorium, as well as other resources for community groups. A range of offices for S4C and the other partners sit on the two upper floors.

The final scheme included furniture ranges from leading manufacturers such as Hitch Mylius, Boss Design, Frovi and Noor stools from RBM.