Rio Architects is delighted to have again been shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence in Wales awards this year.


STEAM Academy shortlisted in the Building Project of the Year category was completed in July 2021. The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Academy is an 8,500m² further education facility for Bridgend College at their campus in Pencoed. The building includes workshops for vehicle maintenance, welding, M&E, Pneumatics and CNC, laboratories, classrooms, staff areas, a multi-functional hall, café and break-out social learning spaces.

The design approach was driven by a desire to create a building of high architectural excellence, which is contemporary and reflects a modern high-quality teaching facility, whilst paying deference to the existing campus environment. The building has adopted a collegiate aesthetic employing warm tones and textures with crisp detailing and well-considered proportions.

The nature of the architecture is sober, robust and confident and will enhance the quality of the campus and the experience of both staff and students.

We look forward to the winner’s announcement in June. Congratulations to all those with shortlisted projects. Best of luck in June when we expect the finalist announcement.