Adjaye Associates and Stride Treglown have revealed their designs for a 10,000m² maths and computing building at Cardiff University
The duo defeated an undisclosed shortlist to win the £23 million commission – one of the latest to come out of the university’s £600 million regeneration pipeline – last September (AJ 27.09.17).
The proposal, which has now gone out to public consultation, will create a combined home for the university’s mathematics and computer science and informatics departments, which are currently housed in separate locations and suffer from a lack of space.
The six-storey building in Senghennydd Road will sit on car park site on the university’s Cathays campus next to the Cardiff Business Technology Centre, Students’ Union and Cathays railway station.
According to the university, the project incorporates features ’to reduce the visual and physical impact of the scheme for local residents’.
Rudolf Allemann, pro vice-chancellor and head of the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, said: ’We want to develop a building that brings the schools together to enable further joint degree schemes at the cutting edge of both disciplines and allow development in new areas of research such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data science and deep learning.
‘The new building will pioneer a way of working for the university which embodies collaboration and shared vision while retaining the distinct identities of the two schools.’
The scheme is part of Moses Cameron Williams Architects’ masterplan to regenerate the Welsh university. In 2016 Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), Hawkins\Brown and HOK all won planning permission for major projects at Cardiff University won under the masterplan.
FCBS’s competition-winning £50 million Centre for Student Life project will create a 9,000m² complex physically connected to the university’s existing student union on Park Place.
Hawkins\Brown and HOK are meanwhile working on a two-building science and innovation centre on the university’s nearby brownfield Maindy Park site.
Moses Cameron Williams Architects won the masterplanning job in 2014, when it was selected ahead of Foster + Partners, HOK, WilkinsonEyre, Allies and Morrison, Stride Treglown and Sheppard Robson.