A scheme is underway to build a new centre on the site of the Ogwen Warden Centre, the gateway to Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia. Around 250,000 visitors come to the Ogwen Valley every year, but the present building is cramped and unappealing. It misses a great opportunity to welcome visitors to one of Wales’ most awe-inspiring landscapes.
Through this initiative, the intention is to transform the Centre and create an attractive gateway to Snowdonia which will, in turn, improve people’s understanding and enjoyment of Cwm Idwal. This Cwm is the star attraction for visitors and, by improving the facilities here, we hope to attract a broader audience and more leisure opportunities in the area.
Cwm Idwal Partnership
The Cwm Idwal Partnership is overseeing the work, with all partners contributing to the cost. The partnership consists of the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Countryside Council for Wales, and National Trust. It’s made possible with funding from the Communities and Nature (CAN) strategic project, funded by the European Regional Development fund and the Countryside Council for Wales, through the Welsh Assembly Government. CAN supports sustainable initiatives throughout Wales that will bring economic prosperity to rural areas.
The Cwm Idwal Partnership has already consulted with outdoor education leaders and outdoor activity providers about the facilities needed on the site. Based on that consultation, a design brief was prepared and the architect company, 'Dewis', was appointed to produce a design.
The legacy of this initiative will be:• A gateway fit for the magnificent scenery of Cwm Idwal.
Click below to view the final designs for the Ogwen project:Location Plan