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Adjaye and Stride Treglown to design £23 million Cardiff University faculty

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Adjaye Associates and Stride Treglown have won a publicly tendered contract to design a £23 million maths and computing building at Cardiff University

The duo defeated an undisclosed shortlist to win the 10,000m² commission, which is one of the latest to come out of the university’s £600 million regeneration pipeline.

The project 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. It will be built on a yet-to-be-confirmed site on the university campus.

Adjaye Associates’ associate director of UK and global projects Lucy Tilley said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to create a dynamic platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, research and innovation. Creating empowering spaces for education, community and learning has always been at the heart of what we do.’

Stride Treglown director Pierre Wassenaar said: ‘We are natural collaborators, and it seems particularly appropriate that a building that will bring together two schools for the first time will be designed in partnership by two practices.’

The contract was announced in January at the same time as the university launched a separate search for an architect to design a £32 million student accommodation block. The winner for that development has yet to be announced.

Both schemes are part of a £600 million Moses Cameron Williams Architects’ masterplan to regenerate the Welsh university.

Last year 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, defeating Foster + Partners, HOK, Wilkinson Eyre, Allies and Morrison, Stride Treglown and Sheppard Robson.

Cardiff University has around 5,544 student rooms and is hoping to deliver an additional 1,310 units in the next five years.

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