27th October 2017
Powys' new flagship cultural centre in Brecon Y Gaer has reached an important milestone with the official topping out ceremony.
The ceremony, which marked the project reaching completion of the overall framework, took place at the town centre site on Friday (27 October).
Work on the town centre facility, which will see the town's Grade 2* listed Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery fully refurbished and include a new library and community facilities, is progressing well with the construction works scheduled to be completed next summer.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor Rachel Powell said: "The topping out ceremony marks completion of the hub's impressive skeleton. While there is clearly a great deal of work to be done before it opens its doors to the public, the building has reached its high point and will not grow any taller.
"Y Gaer will become an important economic and cultural facility for the town and surrounding area and the topping out ceremony is an important milestone on the journey to its opening."
Jason Taylor, Operations Director, Kier Construction Western & Wales, commented "We were delighted to welcome so many people to site to share the occasion, it demonstrates the importance of this restoration and new build to the people of Brecon.
"Whilst there is still much work to do , this is a significant milestone in the construction phase and we very much hope the community can enjoy seeing the building taking shape today and visualise how impressive it will be in the future. The new facilities will benefit both local people and visitors and we are extremely proud to be delivering such a prestigious project."
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Powys County Council and a number of partners including the Brecknock Society & Museum Friends, the Brecknock Art Trust, the Army Covenant and CADW, the museum works will involve the restoration and conservation of the Assize Court and court room, the opening of the subterranean cells and new dedicated gallery spaces.
The work includes a new state of the art library, public atrium space with café and a range of community facilities including education, community and conference rooms, function rooms, a shop, a local history studies room and tourist information.
4th October 2017
The new museum and library currently being constructed in Brecon has been given a name.
The £9 million project to redevelop the grade II listed Brecknock Museum and construction of a new library, art gallery and community facilities next to the 176-year-old building has been known as the Cultural Hub.
Powys council has announced the flagship project, which is supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, is to be called 'Y Gaer'.
The name comes from the word Caer which is Welsh meaning 'fortress', 'rampart', or 'castle' and can also be interpreted as meaning 'stronghold' or 'citadel' was chosen from a selection provided through public consultation and following in-depth discussions with partners and a range of stakeholders.
The council's cabinet member for culture, Councillor Rachel Powell said: "Choosing a name for such an important facility could not be taken lightly since it will be in place for many years to come. The name was chosen from a shortlist provided by the public and partner organisations in the town and surrounding area and we feel it is ideal for the new centre.
"We sincerely hope that Y Gaer - Museum · Art Gallery · Library will become an important feature in the future of Brecon's economic and cultural well-being. Visitors to the town will see that work on the project is accelerating and will reach an important construction milestone later this month with the topping out ceremony."
Work on the town centre facility, which will feature a refurbished museum, a new library, an art gallery and community facilities, is progressing well and scheduled to open next year, said the council.