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Go-ahead for FCBS Cardiff University student centre

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won approval for a £50 million Centre for Student Life – a landmark building at the heart of Cardiff University’s Cathays Campus

The approval comes a month after Hawkins\Brown and HOK secured the go-ahead for a £135 million, two-building science and innovation centre project on the university’s brownfield Maindy Park site.

FCBS’s scheme, a partnership project with the university’s students’ union, is being billed as a ‘major investment in the student experience and part of the biggest campus upgrade in a generation’.

As well as providing a central hub for student support services, the building will offer ‘modern, flexible social learning spaces’ and a technology-rich 550-seat lecture theatre.

Services provided in the new £50m building

  • Futures: careers, employability and global opportunities
  • Wellbeing: mental health and counselling
  • Student life: money, international student support, disability support, student administration
  • Advice bar: students can raise their query either physically within the centre or online 24/7


Cardiff University vice-chancellor Colin Riordan said: ‘This is a major investment in our students and their learning experience. Our students expect world-leading facilities and the Centre for Student Life will meet those high expectations.’

Lead architect Tom Jarman of FCBS said: ‘The scheme remains true to the original competition concepts and we are excited to take one step closer to seeing it come to fruition.’

Construction is due to start in 2017 and complete in time for the 2019/20 academic year.

FCBS's £50 million ‘Centre for Student Life’ project - first floor commons - approved December 2016

FCBS’s £50 million ‘Centre for Student Life’ project - first floor commons - approved December 2016

FCBS’s £50 million ‘Centre for Student Life’ project - first floor commons - approved December 2016




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