The Little Bryn Gwyn site is a multi-award winning residential & training facility which combines the best of traditional & cutting edge sustainable building technologies. This is our second site which we developed between 2013 and 2018 in partnership with Valleys Kids. Situated at the foot of Cefn Bryn on the stunning Gower Peninsula AONB, the site clearly showcases the potential of so-called ‘hard to reach’ and vulnerable people quite literally building their own community training facilities. Find out more about the buildings & the people below
Down to Earth’s training Centre from the air is revealed as a nautilus. The main training space is circular, framed with round pole larch culminating in a stunning reciprocally framed roof-light. The floor is Welsh ash, and the walls are earth plastered. The centre can easily accomodate 40 people seated or 70 in a less formal arrangement. Our fully equipped catering kitchen mean that the venue is in high demand for hire. If you want a unique venue for your next function, conference, or class, please get in touch.
The people – Who builds with us?
Our buildings are constructed by groups of adults and young people who work alongside the highly skilled Down to Earth construction team. Our groups are comprised of people who aren’t well represented by decision-makers. These ‘hard to reach’ and ‘vulnerable’ groups come from all kinds of backgrounds, people struggling with homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, mental illness, physical impairments, ex-offenders, veterans, and brain injuries. Young people finding it difficult to engage in school, or those that have left school and have not been able to move into education, epmployment or training.
By using the outdoors in a vocational way we address a variety of inter-connected issues: lack of access to accredited training, health & well-being, poor quality living environments, & low self-esteem.
Techniques & technologies
Constructed to BREEAM “Excellent” rating, the Little Bryn Gwyn complex has been constructed almost exclusively with natural & locally sourced materials.
This project was genuinely life changing – and you can see that in these videos with the participants.