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Cardiff Firm Wins Most Inspiring Building Project at Inspire Awards 2019


Vale of Glamorgan ‘forever home’ for adults with autism attracts national acclaim twice in as many weeks for its innovative design.

The IAD Company is the winner of this year’s Most Inspiring Building Project at the national Inspire Awards. The Wales-based architectural consultant took the award at the 2019 event held in Manchester.

The win marks the second time in as many weeks that the Cardiff company has won national acclaim for its work transforming a historic barn complex at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, into a forever home for adults with a diagnosis of autism.

Located on the South Wales coast, Ty Carreg is now a flagship residential care facility for adults with autism, after IAD was tasked with creating a beautiful yet practical home for 12 residents with additional needs.

Rebecca Lewis-Chapman, Director at IAD Company, said:

“Ty Carreg was a real labour of love for us as architectural consultants and designers – it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to pour your expertise into something which stands to make such a tangible difference to the lives of the end user.

“We were absolutely delighted as a team to have had the opportunity to lead on such an unusual and inspirational project, so to have had our efforts recognised with not one, but two national awards, is absolutely overwhelming.”

The IAD Company is an experienced provider of architectural and interior design solutions in a range of commercial, hospitality, healthcare, educational and domestic settings.

The company’s Inspire Awards win comes on the back of a Design in Mental Health Award which IAD also claimed in recognition of its work rebuilding Ty Carreg at the end of May. It also came highly commended at the latest Building Better Healthcare Awards for the same project.

Rebecca said:

“Ty Carreg has been transformed from a set of 800-year-old ruins into a state-of-the-art, beautifully tranquil home, and we are really grateful to Orbis Education and Care for giving us the opportunity to work on such an amazing project.”

“We also feel really honoured, as a small Welsh company working on a modestly sized project based regionally, to be representing Wales on a national scale through the attention Ty Carreg has received.”