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Cardiff re-opens £25m student union competition

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Cardiff University has re-launched the design competition for an ‘iconic’ £25 million addition to its student union

The ‘Centre for Student Life’ contest was withdrawn in February amid criticism from the procurement reform campaign group Project Compass. 

Key criticisms of the original competition included ‘restrictive’ pre-qualification requirements and the lack of more than one architect on the jury.

Under the new competition rules the minimum turnover threshold has fallen from £15 million to £1.5 million and the requirement for Employer’s Liability Insurance has been reduced from £15 million to £10 million.

The newly-expanded ten-strong competition jury however continues to feature only one architect – school of architecture head Chris Tweed.

Planned to complete by 2020, the new building will be physically connected to the university’s existing student union on Park Place.

Alongside designing the 9,000m² centre, the winning team will also work up plans to regenerate the existing student union and create a new pedestrian bridge to nearby Cathays Railway Station.

Conceptual plans to pedestrianize Park Place and ‘enclose’ the university’s Main Building courtyard will also be required.

Five shortlisted teams will receive an honorarium of £5,000 each to compete in the competition’s second stage.

The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 15 May.

How to apply

View the tender notice for more information

Contact details

Huw Price
Cardiff University
Procurement Services,
McKenzie House,
30-36 Newport Road
CF24 0DE

Telephone: +44 2920879648
E-mail: buyline@cardiff.ac.uk



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