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royal mint visitor centre

June 2016
Architect: RIO Architects
Main Contractor: ISG Construction
Installer: Architectural Stone

Royal Mint Visitor Centre, Llantrisant.

Work has recently completed on the construction of a £7.5million Visitor Centre at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, which will showcase the coin minting operations to the public for the first time in the organisation’s 1000-year history.

The Royal Mint was established 1000 years ago and moved to its present site in Llantrisant in 1968. It manufactures coins and commemorative medals for around 60 different countries throughout the world, making it the leading export mint in the world. The brand new visitor centre provides a unique opportunity that allows the public to experience the minting process from start to finish.

The Visitor Centre was due to be opened by HRH The Queen as part of her 90th Birthday celebrations and as such had a very strict completion deadline. The original plans called for a traditional precast build to the walls, however the advantages of utilising TM’s generix stone cladding system meant that the same effect could be achieved in a much shorter space of time.

The natural stone cladding features a bespoke pattern routered into the panels by local installer Architectural Stone, which evokes the iconic design of the new 50 pence piece and unites the internal and external cladding elements

Easy to use and simple to install, generix is fitted by a nationwide network of recognised installers who can fix generix from mobile platforms, scissor lifts, mast climbers or traditional scaffolding.

generix offers a range of natural stone façade finishes which comprises two types, generix lite and generix plus.

Key features of generix include:

  • Fast track construction technique
  • Universal substructure arrangement
  • Varied panel options
  • Fully sustainable
  • Cost effective