Tredegar House project shortlisted for RICS Social Impact Award

The renovated laundry building at Tredegar House

The National Trust is delighted to announce that the Laundry Project at Tredegar House has been shortlisted for the RICS Social Impact Award 2020, which acknowledges the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society.

This project was the result of the hard work from staff, volunteers and members of the public, and we are extremely proud to be considered by RICS for this honour.


The Laundry Project began in December 2017 with the aim of refurbishing the derelict building into a place which could be used by everyone in the local community.

The old laundry building at Tredegar House was derelict before the project began
The old laundry building at Tredegar House was derelict before the project began
The old laundry building at Tredegar House was derelict before the project began


The building was transformed into a space for local organisations to deliver formal and informal training, and inspire learning, social engagement and wellbeing in the Duffryn community. The new laundry building now has an accessible training kitchen, training room and social area, along with three new office spaces.

The director of the National Trust visited the laundry building during renovation work
The director of the National Trust visits the laundry building
The director of the National Trust visited the laundry building during renovation work


The gardens outside of the laundry building were also restored thanks to the support of the BIG Lottery Create Your Space programme. They now include a tranquillity garden for relaxation and contemplation, scented plants for those with visual impairment and raised flower beds to make it easier for wheelchair users to enjoy the benefit of being outdoors and cultivating plants.

The new training kitchen in the laundry building
The new training kitchen in the laundry building
The new training kitchen in the laundry building


Since it opened in April 2019, the laundry building has been used by local organisations such as Duffryn Community Link and Growing Space, to help deliver training and engage the community in a different way of learning. These organisations work together to deliver training on topics including RHS qualifications, independent living courses, healthy cooking sessions and Welsh language lessons.


The final award winners will be announced on Wednesday 22 April 2020.