Construction firm appointed for landmark Cardiff building

A company has been chosen for the key construction phase of a landmark Cardiff University building for students at the heart of the Cathays Campus

Construction company BAM has been appointed to build the Centre for Student Life, as part of the University’s biggest campus upgrade in a generation.

The Centre, a partnership with our Students’ Union, will provide a new home for student support services and offer additional social study spaces, consultation rooms, a 550-seat auditorium and quiet contemplation spaces.

The University is transforming the way it supports student life, including mental health and wellbeing.The investment will make services more accessible to students wherever they are based.

The construction phase of the project will create 18 new jobs, including apprentices, and will support around 150 contractor jobs on site. The new building will be home to a range of services including health and wellbeing, support with study, preparing for the future, managing money and advice on living in Cardiff.  Some of the improvements to services are already taking place, allowing students to benefit immediately, before the Centre is even built.

Construction work is due to start later this year and be completed in 2020.

Overall the University is investing £600m over 10 years to upgrade its campus, including a £260m investment in its teaching, learning and student experience. Earlier this month it was announced that a deal to build the next phase of the University’s Innovation Campus will create more than 60 jobs, apprenticeships and placements.