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22nd May 2012 – Prysor Hatchery, Trawsfynydd, featured on Building Design Magazine website. Read more

21st May 2012 – Prysor Hatchery, Trawsfynydd, gains planning consent. The new hatchery for Prysor Angling Association replaces an existing corrugated metal shed and temporary buildings with a high quality but economical contemporary design linked with its landscape. Read more

9th May 2012 – 'Ruthin: Market Town of the Future', a community-led plan for the North Wales market town led by DRU-w, has won an Action For Market Towns regional award in the 'Partnership and Strategic Working' category Read more

18th April 2012 – Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale shortlisted for a Constructing Excellence Wales Award in the 'Community Benefit' category.

March 2012 – DRU-w are taking part in a residency at Ruthin Craft Centre with Smout Allen and Waseda University entitled 'Sustaining Design'.

14th February 2012 – Matthew is talking about DRU-w's work in Ruthin at a seminar in Corwen, North Wales run by ADDO.

6th February 2012 – The Sustainable Building Envelope Centre for TATA Steel in Shotton is featured in Building Design Magazine's Sustainability section. See more

February 2012 – Neath Respite Care Centre gains planning consent.

15th October 2011 – DRU-w are running a gallery tour at the 'Altered Landscapes' exhibition. 2pm, The Architecture Centre, Bristol

14th October 2011 – DRU-w are hosting a one day conference titled 'Low Carbon Homes: Lessons from Practice'. The first output of the Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) work package 'Design of Low Carbon Buildings', the conference will to focus on the definitions, standards and challenges of delivering zero carbon homes in Wales. more info

30th September 2011 – As part of Cardiff Design Festival 2011, Design circle have compiled an exhibition from over 25 architectural practices that have been short listed or presented with an RIBA Award for their buildings in Wales between 2008 and 2011. 'Building Wales' features two projects by DRU-w, Margam Discovery Centre and the Environmental Resource Centre, Ebbw Vale.

28th September 2011 – 'Altered Landscapes: Design Research Unit Wales' opens at the Architecture Centre, Bristol. The exhibition presents recent projects including Margam Discovery Centre, Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale, and Annedd, an integrated elderly care home in rural Carmarthenshire. The projects are illustrated by photographs, sketches, drawings and models demonstrating how research and sustainability are embedded into the way the practice works. The exhibition runs until 6th November. more info

13th September 2011 – A visiting group of Chinese architects tour the Margam Discovery Centre as part of a three week summer school at the WSA.

3rd August 2011 – Welcome to Amy Cowan who has jointed the DRU-w team from Nightingale Associates. Amy will be working on the Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) work package 'Design of Low Carbon Buildings'.

30th July 2011 – The Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale wins the National Eisteddfod Plaque of Merit. The building was praised for "its ethos of cultural as well as environmental sustainability."

6th July 2011 – DRU-w present two papers at the international' Economy' conference at the Welsh School of Architecture. Wayne presented 'The New Usonian House' while Matthew presented 'Incremental Urbanism: An Economic Approach to the Small Town'.

7th April 2011 – The Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale is shortlisted for an RIBA Regional Award.

31st March 2011 – The Sustainable Building Envelope Centre (SBEC) is officially opened. The project for TATA Steel and LCRI is a research base for the development of energy producing facade products.

30th March 2011 – DRU-w and Richard Weston host an exhibition to accompany Richard's public lecture, 'Transformations: minerals, digital manufacturing and architecture' at the WSA, held as part of the university's 'Big Idea:Science on Show' programme.

March 2011 – St Athan Housing by DRU-w and Powell Dobson Architects is awarded a Pilot Exemplar Programme Award by Constructing Excellence Wales.

8-11 March 2011 – DRU-w are excited to announce 'Preview', a pop-up exhibition in a disused shop in the Royal Arcade, Cardiff, running from 8th-11th March. The Victorian shop will be transformed with large scale drawings, models, and photographs. The exhibition will explore ideas of place, material innovation, territory and building simply through recent and ongoing projects. These include the RIBA Award winning Margam Discovery Centre, the Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale and the Sustainable Building Envelope Centre in Shotton.

10th December 2010 – Steve Coombs presents an overview of DRU-w's innovative approach to timber construction and sourcing at Wood Knowledge Wales seminar 'Designing with Timber'.

2nd December 2010 – Cardiiff University Trevithick Library refurbishment wins the SCONUL (Society of College National and University Libraries) Award 2010 in the 'Smaller Buildings' category.

16th November 2010 – DRU-w present ongoing work on the design of Low to Zero Carbon Buildings at the Low Carbon Research Institute annual conference.

5th November 2010 – DRU-w commended by the YAYA 2010 jury for a unique presentation:

"Design Research Unit Wales – the youngest team on the shortlist – gave the most original presentation, revealing drawings, models and other ephemera from an elaborate “crate of curiosities". Its “local buildings for local people” demonstrated a serious engagement with the building process, in which they are often personally involved, and showed a deep appreciation of context." Oliver Wainwright, Building Design

1st November 2010 – DRU-w will be talking at the Architecture Foundation with the four other shortlisted Young Architect of the Year Award 2010 practices in an evening of talks and discussion hosted by BD's Ellis Woodman. read more

22nd October 2010 – Ebbw Vale Ty Unnos Passive House is one of several Welsh Projects featured in BD's feature on Welsh PassivHaus windows. read more

8th October 2010 – DRU-w announced as one of five finalists in BD's Young Architect of the Year Award 2010! Judged by a jury including Steve Tomkins of Howorth Tomkins, BD Editor Ellis Woodman, Farshid Moussavi of FOA, Fran Tonkiss of LSE, Pete Baxter of Autodesk and fashion designer Margaret Howell, the winning practice will be announced at the Architect of the Year Awards dinner on November 4th. read more

3rd September 2010 – Margam Discovery Centre is officially awarded its RIBA award in a ceremony hosted by RSAW at the Centre.

7th August 2010 – The opening of the Ty Unnos house in Ebbw Vale is featured on Footprint, the Architect's Journal sustainability blog. read more

August 2010 – The Sustainable Building Envelope Centre gains planning approval. Designed for Corus and the Low Carbon Research Institute, the building will act as a research base for the development of energy producing building envolope systems.

4th August 2010 – The Ty Unnos house in Ebbw Vale is formally opened by Jane Davidson AM. The house will act as a visitor centre for a development of low energy homes before being converted to a 2 bed house.

31st July 2010 – Reflecting Wales 09.09 exhibition is openined at the Eisteddfod 2010 in Ebbw Vale, featuring manifestos by Steve Coombs, Rhian Thomas and Matthew Jones from DRU-w.

13th July 2010 – Environmental Resource Classroom in Ebbw Vale featured in Architecture Today online. read more

11th July 2010 – Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale is a featured project in July 9th Edition of Building Design in the feature 'Solutions: Sustainability'. Read the article

11th June 2010 – Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2010 in the Private/Best Small Project category.

8th June 2010 – Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale featured as BD online's project of the day. Read the article

June 2010 – 'Ruthin: Market Town of the Future' exhibition opens at Ruthin Craft Centre. The exhibition showcases analysis of the town carried out by DRU-w and the outcomes of the 'Rebranding Ruthin' Vertical Studio. The exhibition runs until 14th June. Read the BBC article

21st May 2010 – Environmental Resource Centre in Ebbw Vale opens to the public. The pilot project for the Ty Unnos Sitka Spruce Construction System was officially opened by Jane Davidson AM and Iolo Williams. Read the BBC Wales article

19th May 2010 – Margam Discovery Centre wins an RIBA Award. One of severn regional awards won by Wales this year, the project is the only winner with Welsh based architects.

May 2010 – Ty Unnos Welsh Passive House at The Works, Ebbw Vale, starts on site. The house will act as a visitor centre for the Eisteddfod Festival before being converted into a two bed four person house.

April 2010 – The Rebranding Ruthin Vertical Studio of 9 first and second year students from the WSA has started a three week project in the North Wales town. Students will be based in the town for three days before returning to Cardiff to examine key urban spaces identifed during the visit. The outcome of the studio will be exhibited in Ruthin Craft Centre at the end of May and will form part of a community-led masterplanning project.

March 2010 – The Reflecting Wales 09.09 exhibition opens at Ruthin Craft Centre, featuring work by Steve Coombs, Rihan Thomas and Matthew Jones.

January 2010 – DRU-w, WSA and Charter Housing Association's bid for TSB Retrofit For The Future successful. The team will carry out a carbon reducing retrofit on a 1980's end of terrace house in Newport. The energy performance will be monitored for two years after completion.

12th November 2009 – Margam Discovery Centre wins Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales Building Of The Year Award and is commended in the Sustainabilty category.

November 2009 – The Environmental Resource Classroom at The Works in Ebbw Vale, a pilot project for the Ty Unnos Construction System, is featured in BD magazine's First Look. Read the article

4th November 2009 – Steve Coombs, Rihan Thomas and Matthew Jones take part in an evening gallery talk session at Howard Gardens Gallery.

8th October- 4th November 2009 – Steve Coombs, Rihan Thomas and Matthew Jones have been selected to exhibit at Reflecting Wales 09:09, an exhibition that aims to highlight nine young or emerging architectural designers who exhibit the potential to make a significant impact on design standards in our homes, working environments and the quality of places in the decades to come. Read the AJ review here

October 2009 – Plaining approval gained for 18 affordable houses at Victoria Park, Ebbw Vale, for Melin Homes.

October 2009 – Ty Unnos Design @ DRU-w shortlisted for Future Works Housing competition.

September 2009 – Environmental Resource Classroom, Ebbw Vale starts on site. More info

6th September 2009 – Dr Wayne Forster presents a paper entitled 'Sustainable Sitka Spuce Housing: Ty Unnos' at NOCMAT 2009 (Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies), at the University of Bath.

24th June-4th July 2009 – Ty Unnos exhibition pavilion exhibited at Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC. Designed by DRU-w and prefabricated in Wales by Coed Cymru and Kenton Jones Ltd, the pavilion demonstrates the principles of the Ty Unnos construction system.

8th June-16th August 2009 – Exploded model of the Environmental Resource Classroom, Ebbw Vale, exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2009

15th May 2009 – Dr Wayne Forster presents a paper entitled 'Research Through Design' to SCALA/SCEME/CLAW Study Day at WSA

11th May 2009 – Trevithick Library Refurbishment shortlisted for Mixology Awards 2009 Public Sector Interiors Project of  the Year award

2nd May 2008 – Burry Port Methodist Church Hall officially opened

21st April 2009 – Steve Coombs presents Ty Unnos and the Ebbw Vale Environmental Resource Classroom at WRAP 'Designing Out Waste' seminar

17th April 2009 – Ty Unnos Pavilion for the Smithsonian Exhibition in Washington featured on S4C and BBC News

17th April 2009– Margam Park Discovery Centre featured in April 2009 edition of CIBSE Journal more info

25th March 2009 – Trevithick Library Refurbishment, Cardiff Universty, officially opened by Carol Vorderman

March 2009 – Ty Unnos wins CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Award for Architecture and Surveying

March 2009 – Ty Unnos wins Cardiff University Innovation Award More info

January 2009 – Environmental Resource Classroom, Ebbw Vale, gains planning approval

December 2008 – DRU-w as part of the Ty Unnos consortium (DRU-w, Coed Cymru, Kenton Jones Joinery, and Pontrilas Timber)win TSB funding for the research project the 'Sustainable Sitka Spruce House'

November 2008 – Steve Coombs presents a workshop session on the sustainable use of Welsh timbers at RSAW conference

13th November 2008 – 'Building Futures: Design in Practice': the first exhibition of DRU-w's work, in association with WSA and CRiBE, opens at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

7th November 2008 –Construction complete at Trevithick library refurbishment

24th October- 2nd November 2008 – DRU-w exhibits a 'Cabinet of Curiosities' at Reflecting Wales Exhibition at the Sennedd, Cardiff see website

22-24 October 2008 – DRUw present a paper entitled 'Zero Carbon by 2011: Achieving Sustainable Affordable Homes in Wales' at PLEA 2008, UCD, Dublin

October 2008 – The Field Project, a vocational training facility for people with learning difficulties at Leckwith, Cardiff, receives planning approval

October 2008 – Margam Park Discovery Centre wins Off Site Construction Award for Best Use of Timber

October 2008 – Burry Port Methodist Church starts on site

August 2008 – DRU-w construct two pavilions at the Welsh National Eisteddfod in Cardiff

July 2008 – Llandegla Cycle Lodge Extension receives planning permission

June 2008 – Trevithick Library refurbishment commences on site

June 2008 – Tribeca InfoBox entry exhibited at Novas Contemporary Arts Centre North-West in Liverpool and featured in the Archtects' Journal

May 2008 – DRU-w lead 'Making: Reusing, Recycling' Vertical Studio at the Welsh School of Architectre for first and second year students

April 2008 – DRU-w and BRE Wales host MMC Wales conference 'Tomorrow's House: Acheiving Modern Methods of Construction in Wales' at WSA

Feb 2008 – Annedd Integrated Care Home receives planning permission

Jan 2008 – Burryport Methodist Church receives planning approval

Dec 2007 – DRU-w present three papers at Tectonics: Making meaning conference, Eindhoven University of Technology

Nov 2007 – DRU-w runners up in Building design Magazine’s Young architect of the year award (YAYA 2007)

Oct 2007 – DRU-w reviewed in Saturday Times Knowledge supplement

Oct 2007 – DRU-w announced as finalists in Building design Magazine’s Young architect of the year award (YAYA 2007)

29th-30th September 2007 - DRU-w staff take BSc year 2 students to Aberaeron as part of study for sustainable living in bicentenary of planned town.

25th September 2007 - DRU-w hosts Timber Cladding Conference at the wsa. Organised by Wood Knowledge Wales. As well as hosting the event Steve Coombs presented a paper giving the architects view of Timber Cladding.

24th-28th September 2007 - Wayne Forster and Rhian Thomas accompany MArch 2 to Copenhagen study visit.

28th August 2007 – Planning permission granted for Margam Park Environmental Discovery Centre.

August 2007 – DRU-w and Coed Cymru have been successfully awarded an EPSRC studentship funding a Phd by Rob Thomas into Timber construction using locally sourced timber. (Ty Unnos)

12th July 2007 - Chris Powell retires in DRU-w Rioja bar.

19th April 2007 – DRU-w host Building Simply Symposium at Welsh School of Architecture - proceedings and papers published in forthcoming ARQ

July 2006 – DRU-w awarded funding from WAG KEF CIRP for 21 month research project into Modern Methods of Construction in Wales.

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