Go ahead for Cardiff’s £50m Centre for Student Life

Cardiff University can begin construction on a £50m landmark building at the heart of its Cathays Campus

The Centre for Student Life is part of a major investment in the student experience and part of the biggest campus upgrade in a generation.

The Centre is a partnership project with the University’s Students’ Union and will offer modern, flexible social learning spaces and a technology-rich 550-seat lecture theatre.  

The Centre for Student Life will make support services more accessible to students, including those based outside Cathays Park in the city centre. There will be an improved online support service, and the Centre will offer a single point of contact for students and Cardiff University Schools. It will provide ease of access to a range of services and facilities, including extended opening hours.

Student services will be structured around:

  • Futures: careers, employability and global opportunities
  • Wellbeing: mental health and counselling
  • Student life: money, international student support, disability support, student administration
  • Advice bar: students can raise their query either physically within the centre or online 24/7

The scheme remains true to the original competition concepts and we are excited to take one step closer to seeing it come to fruition

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: “This is a major investment in our students and their learning experience. Our students expect world-leading facilities and the Centre for Student Life will meet those high expectations. Our students and staff are not the only beneficiaries because this will be a landmark building for the people and city of Cardiff.”

The building was designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios which has a track record with high-profile public buildings.

FCBStudios has experience working on university projects both in the UK and internationally and has worked on numerous flagship schemes for major clients such as the Manchester School of Art, National Trust, Royal Airforce Cold War Museum and the Southbank Centre. 

Lead architect Tom Jarman said: “Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are delighted that the Centre for Student Life at Cardiff University has been granted planning permission and we very much look forward to taking the project to the next stages. The scheme remains true to the original competition concepts and we are excited to take one step closer to seeing it come to fruition.”

Construction work is due to start in 2017 and the Centre is due to be completed for the 2019/20 academic year. 

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