THE Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project, a partnership between RSPB Cymru and Hafren Dyfrdwy, says it is excited to announce that George and Tomos Architects have been selected to progress the project to detailed design, thanks to initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Made possible by National Lottery players, one of the aims of the project is to see the redevelopment of Bethel Chapel, a historic building, first built in 1874 before being relocated and rebuilt in 1889 following the flooding of the valley.

George and Tomos’s team, based in Machynlleth, will join an array of specialist advisors working with the project team, stakeholders and the community to work up detailed plans of building and landscaping works that will then be submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in early spring of 2020 for further funds to deliver the plans.

Dafydd Tomos, director of George and Tomos, said: “The Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project is an exciting scheme that will deliver for people, for nature and for the local economy. We’re delighted to be a part of it and to play such a key role.

"We know how important this project is to everyone involved, not least the community.

"The project team have relayed the community thoughts to us after the recent Bethel Chapel open evening and as a result we’ve drawn up some initial plans for people to consider and comment on."

Angela Munn, project manager of the Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project, said: “We’re excited to share these plans with the community and to have the opportunity to ensure we deliver them in line with their expressed wishes."

George and Tomos and the Lake Vyrnwy Experience Team will hold a drop-in session in the Llanwddyn Community Centre on Friday, September 6, between 2pm and 7pm to present those initial plans and gain some feedback.

Angela Munn added: “Everyone is welcome, they can drop in anytime and we’ll be on hand to answer any questions they may have. There’ll be tea and cake too, so we do hope people come along for a friendly chat. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about The Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project and meet the architects involved”.

n For more information about the drop-in session, please feel free to email or telephone Angela Munn on 01691 870 946.