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Award for Snowdon summit building

Posted 26 May 2010
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Award for Snowdon summit building
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The new building at the summit station of the Snowdon Mountain Railway has been given an award by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

Hafod Eryri has gained one of the Project of the Year Award gongs from Rics Wales.

It was one of five winners from the shortlist of 15, with the decision taking into account the architectural challenges of building the structure high up on the top of the highest mountain in England and Wales.

Those putting on their walking boots and grabbing a trekking pole for an ascent of the mountain may want to make use of the facilities, which include a cafe used by both climbers and those taking the easy way up via the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Hafod Eryri's architectural prize is in contrast with the criticism received by the previous summit station and cafe.

Prince Charles once called the old building "the highest slum in Europe".

Snowdon is the only mountain in Britain outside Scotland to top 3,500 ft, although there are 56 Munros of greater height north of the border.

Posted by Elaine Arthur