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BDP completes University of Wales Newport campus

[First look + project data + plans] BDP has completed this £25.2 million City Campus building for the University of Wales in Newport

Hosting television studios, theatres, an exhibition space and classrooms, the 12,500m² building brings together the university’s business, technology, art, design and media disciplines under one roof.

Chris Harding, BDP’s head of education, said: ‘The building creates a sociable and exciting setting to stimulate collaborative interdisciplinary learning and research on a spectacular waterfront site. The new building will transform the identity of this progressive University.’

The centre’s podium is clad in blue brick with ‘random bonding to create pattern and texture’ while the plateau and winter gardens are glazed and the upper level studios are wrapped in horizontally seamed black zinc. The roof soffit is lined in Oregon pine battens.

The project cost £2030/m² and was completed two weeks ahead of time. The design also achieved BREEAM Excellent rating.

Facilitating up to 2,700 students, the building aims to ‘maximise’ its visual connection with the city and act as a beacon for regeneration.

Peter Noyes, University vice chancellor said: [This is a] truly stunning building providing a focal point for learning, innovation, creativity and enterprise.’


Project data

Architects: BDP
Location: University of Wales, Newport – City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
Type Of Project:Higher Education, City Centre Campus
Structural Engineers: Opus International
Project Architect:Project Director: Chris Harding,
Design Team: Project Architects: James Cooper, Laura Ashby, Barbara Canal,
Client: University of Wales, Newport
Funding: Jointly funded by University of Wales Newport and Welsh Assembly Government
Tender date: November 2008
Start on site date:January 2009
Contract duration:23 months
Gross internal floor area:  12,500 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Two stage tender
Total cost: £25.2 million
M&E consultant: Aecom
Quantity surveyor: Edmund Shipway
Planning supervisor: Mott MacDonald
Lighting consultant: BDP
Main contractor:  Willmott Dixon Group
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Steelwork – Zonner Industries Ltd, Curtain Walling – AB Glass, Solar Shading – Maple Sunscreening, Internal Partitions – Lusso Interiors,  Doors – Leaderflush Shapland, Zinc Cladding - Stirling, Balustrading – Concept Balustrades, Furniture – Momentum, Lifts – Cardiff Lift Company, Catering - Nuttalls, Raised Floors – Kingspan Access Floors
Annual co2 emissions:21.8 kg C02/m²


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