The Cornerstone at St. David’s has recently been given another accolade in addition to its increasing popularity and reputation for good food and warm hospitality as well as being an outstanding venue for meetings, charity events and Cathedral outreach. The former Ebeneser chapel has been shortlisted for one of the prestigious 2017 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards, Wales. There are six categories covering Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Commercial, Design Through Innovation,Regeneration and Tourism and Leisure.
The Cornerstone is one of three buildings in the Building Conservation category and is already recognised as an outstanding example of conservation design and innovative practice. Speaking of the nominations, the Chair of RICS Awards Wales judging panel, Kevin Thomas, said:
“These awards showcase the top built environment projects in Wales, along with the talent and skills of the teams behind them. Every year I wonder how we are going to top the previous year’s shortlist, but I am never disappointed. Many of this year’s nominees are unique and pioneering, and have transformed local communities”.
In a little over three months, The Cornerstone has already attracted a wide range of events and users. Charity Functions, fund raising events,entertainment and ‘The Pantry’ cafeteria are all proving popular beyond expectation due, in no small part, to the professionalism of the Spiro’s Catering team. Equally popular are the parish lunches, the after mass coffees and the Lenten Friday Bread and Soup lunches the proceeds of which are supporting our Syrian Refugee Program.
School days and other educational outreaches are being currently planned. ‘The Cornerstone’ is already proving to be a unique asset for the Cathedral, the Diocese and the city at large.