How did it start?

How did it start?

 

On 21st October, 2017 at Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil, the Design Commission for Wales and the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University brought together over 60 creative minds – architects, landscape architects, planners, heritage specialists and artists – to scope the possibilities within the town and surrounding landscape in a bold visioning exercise that sought ways of making Merthyr Tydfil’s heritage assets something greater than the sum of its parts.

 

The Charrette – an intense day of ideas generation – considered how Cyfarthfa Castle, its extended landscape and built heritage might become an international quality visitor destination and experience, better promoting its already palpable sense of place. It considered new ways in which these central assets could be connected to other assets throughout the town and beyond to catalyse regeneration and tourism, maximise impact and return real public benefit.

 

Why Now?

 

The development of the City Region in South-East Wales and the announcement of the  Valleys Regional Park presents Merthyr Tydfil with a golden opportunity to use its landscape and heritage assets to carve out a place for itself as a destination comparable with similar places in Europe – an anchor site on the European Routes of Industrial Heritage – as well as a major contribution to a city region better balanced between its coast and hinterland.

With the right vision and ambition together with sufficient, targeted resources and good project management, there is potential to create a visitor attraction that would be transformative in its effect on the image and economy of the town and a powerful addition to Wales’s tourist industry.

How can I get involved?

How can I get involved?

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Meet the team

Meet the team

Meet the team helping to put together the Cyfartfa Plan