ISG has been awarded a £7.5 million project to construct a visitor centre at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, which will showcase coin minting operations to the public for the first time in the organisation’s 1000-year history.
The scheme combines construction of the visitor centre, just outside the perimeter of The Royal Mint’s secure boundary, along with a dedicated car park on nearby land owned by The Royal Mint. ISG will also construct a footbridge over a river to link the car park to the new tourist attraction.
The single-storey, steel frame building will feature a striking burnished stainless steel cladding system to its façade. The cladding solution has been designed in a hexagonal configuration and in multiple shades to create a colour change effect that varies with natural light conditions and evokes the iconic design of the 50 pence piece.
Targeting a BREEAM Very Good environmental performance rating, the building includes a large interactive exhibition space, along with a visitor café, including full catering kitchen, and classroom space for visiting school parties.
Jon James, ISG’s Western regional director, commented: “The Royal Mint is the UK’s oldest manufacturer and currently produces currency for around 60 countries. The visitor centre will provide an opportunity for visitors to see a coin minting operation of world renown.
“The project is not only prestigious, it is also a complex scheme spread across two sites with both environmental and aesthetic considerations, further strengthening ISG’s strong presence in Wales and our track record for delivering iconic buildings.”
Anne Jessop, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin, said: “We will be watching with excitement over the next few months as the work from ISG helps our new Visitor Centre take shape. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to a unique behind the scenes experience, showcasing over 1,000 years of coin-making history, and the craftsmanship and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known worldwide.”