The Louis Hurley Award

The Branch is keen to recognise good architecture and design.

Louis Hurley was a conservation architect based in Crickhowell. His skill and enthusiasm for the restoration of many historic buildings across south Powys and Monmouthshire was vital for preserving the built heritage of that area. He died a few years ago and generously left the Brecon & Radnor CPRW branch a small legacy which has enabled us to fund the Award. The Award itself consists of a revised version of the slate plaque used by branches for the Rural Wales Award. We invite nominations from our two local planning authorities in addition to our own suggestions, and site visits are then carried out.

Our 2016 Award was presented to Wye Valley Canoes, Glasbury, for their impressive conversion of the interior of the former Baptist Chapel into a very superior reception and bunkhouse.

This year we also awarded a “highly commended” certificate to the Pen yr Heol Chapel Stable.

See here for a full report on the Awards Ceremony.

The 2015 Award was presented to Richard Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye in Brecknock. The main bookshop, whilst still trading, was badly in need of repair, refurbishment and updating when acquired by the current owner in 2007.  The central courtyard area together with the Brook Street warehouse building were similarly in a state of some dilapidation, all requiring a very comprehensive programme of building repairs. The buildings are listed grade II.

The 2014 Award winner was Discoed church, adapted for multi-use as a concert venue, art gallery as well as a place of worship, and an adjoining magnificent restoration of a mediaeval house.

The Brecon & Radnor Branch of CPRW values this Award as well for its positive comment on new building development. We realise that we are sometimes perceived – unfairly – as against anything new: we hope that by setting up this Award we are able to counteract that perception.

Rural Wales Award

We wish to recognise projects which demonstrate outstanding environmental good practice or promote improved awareness and understanding of our Welsh heritage.

Since 1983 these Awards have showcased those individuals and communities who have made a difference. Members and the public are invited to put forward suggestions for the award.

In October 2015, CPRW Brecon and Radnor Branch presented its 2015 Rural Wales Award to the Brecon Beacons Park Society in recognition of the enormous achievement in gaining International Dark Sky Reserve status for the Brecon Beacons National Park. Such is the quality of Wales’s night skies that Snowdonia National Park has now followed suit and has become Wales’ second and only the 10th destination in the world to be granted the status of an International Dark Sky Reserve, while the Elan Valley Estates have been awarded International Dark Sky Park status.

Nominations for either award may be emailed to our Chairman, Peter Seaman.