ONE of Wales’ earliest surviving domestic buildings, Llwyn Celyn in Abergavenny, has been named Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Project of the Year.

Twenty-three of Wales’ most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards 2019, Wales, on May 1.

A remarkably little-altered medieval hall house built in 1421, Llwyn Celyn sits at the entrance to the Llanthony Valley whose Priory is further up the valley. The £4.2million restoration of Llwyn Celyn saw the rescue of one of Wales’s most at risk lived-in buildings. Using traditional methods, it has been restored as a ‘Landmark’ for up to eight people and also won the night’s Building Conservation Category.

Free Press Series: HRH The Prince of Wales visited Llwyn Celyn in July 2018. Picture: The Prince of Wales visited Llwyn Celyn in July 2018. Picture:

RICS judges praised those behind the project – Donald Insall Associates, The Landmark Trust and I J Preece & Son – saying that the conservation of Llwyn Celyn has clearly been led by a team that properly understands its history and heritage and how to present it today.

Judges continued: “Based on well-researched heritage values, including the main stays of good conservation practice of minimum intervention and honest repairs, this is a project that provides a model for teaching others what excellent conservation looks like. The quality of work, which is outstanding, hugely contributes to this and shows the workmanship that should be expected on all projects, but all too often is not achieved, even in conservation work.”