Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), Hawkins\Brown and HOK have won a trio of competitions for major projects at Cardiff University
FCBS defeated unnamed rival teams to be named winner of the prestigious university’s £45 million ‘Centre for Student Life’ project.
Hawkins\Brown was meanwhile chosen from a shortlist – understood to have included Cardiff Bay Opera House architect Zaha Hadid, Sheppard Robson, AHR and Cullinan Studio – for a new ‘Innovation Central’ building.
Finally in a third contest HOK was selected for a Translational Research Facility – comprising the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and Institute for Compound Semiconductors.
All three competitions are part of a Moses Cameron Williams Architects-designed masterplan to regenerate the Welsh university. The firm defeated Foster + Partners, HOK, Wilkinson Eyre, Allies and Morrison, Stride Treglown and Sheppard Robson to win the masterplanning job in 2014.
Both Hawkins\Brown’s and HOK’s winning schemes will be constructed within Cardiff’s new £300 million innovation campus in Cathays.
Completed structures on the Mainy Road site include the £30 million Hadyn Ellis Building (pictured) designed by IBI Nightingale. A second £50 million building by the same architect is due to complete later this year.
Planned to complete by 2020, FCBS’s ‘Centre for Student Life’ building will be physically connected to the university’s existing student union on Park Place.
Alongside designing the 9,000m² centre, the firm 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.
Cardiff University vice-chancellor Colin Riordan said: ‘The Centre for Student Life is a significant investment in our students and their learning experience here in Cardiff.’
He continued: ‘This project is all about the delivery of a world-leading student experience covering every facet of student life in a landmark building for the University and the city of Cardiff.
‘Our students rightly expect the very best facilities in every part of their Cardiff education and I am therefore delighted that we have secured designers with a proven track record for this type of high-profile project.’
FCBS partner Tom Jarman commented: ‘Situated on Park Place between the Main Building and the Students’ Union, the new facility will provide excellent learning and support environments to students at the University.
‘The project will also serve to create much improved connections to the Students’ Union and Cathays railway station beyond.’