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Hexagons a go-go at Rio's Cardiff bio

Rio Architects has completed this 1,100m² ‘entrance hub’ for Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences

The £2.5 million extension provides a new entrance, foyer, refectory and seminar rooms. The scheme features a rigid, semi-structural frame into which hexagonal glazing units have been silicon bonded.

According to the Cardiff-based practice, ‘the use of hexagonal structures unite to form typical molecular motifs on the elevation, subtly enhancing the building function and expression, but also affording an artistic richness to the treatment of the facade’.


Project data

Architects: Rio Architects
Project Architect: Eldon Lewis: project director – Huw Jones
Location: School of Biosciences, College Lane, Cardiff Civic Centre, Cardiff
Type of Project: New entrance facility
Client: Cardiff University Estates Department: Ian Lomer + Jonathan Simcock
Funding: by Cardiff University
Tender date: September 2009
Start on site date: January 2010
Contract duration: 42 weeks
Gross internal floor area: 1,200 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Intermediate Building Contract with Contractor’s Design 2005
Total cost: New build cost £2.5 million  
Structural Engineers: Opus International
M&E consultant:  Howard Doolan Associates
Quantity surveyor: HCD
Planning supervisor: Bowen Safety
Main contractor: Contractor terminated. CU managed completion of building themselves
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Facade Engineers: Solaglas Specialist Systems - Ceilings: Richard Kemble Ceilings
Annual CO2 emissions: 25.4 KgCO2/m².annum


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