Architects chosen for £23m maths and computer science centre

by PM Today Staff / 10/3/2017 10:09:18 AM


This year's Wales National Eisteddfod architecture gold medal winners are teaming up with a renowned international practice to create a £23m centre of excellence for Cardiff University.

Stride Treglown Architects will work with Adjaye Associates, founded by Sir David Adjaye OBE, to create a joint home for the School of Mathematics and School of Computer Science & Informatics.

In April this year Sir David was named as the world’s most influential architect by Time magazine and featured in their 100 most influential people of 2017.

The two Schools are currently housed in separate locations so the new facility will bring them together. The exact location is to be decided.

Benefits include purpose-built, world-leading facilities for students and staff, a creative environment for high-impact joint research between the two Schools, and the opportunity to devise innovative new study programmes.

Design and consultancy firm Arcadis has been chosen to lead the design and construction of the 10,000sq m facility, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The new centre is part of Cardiff University’s biggest campus upgrade for a generation – a £600m investment in its future. The University is creating a £300m Innovation Campus, spending £260m on its student experience, and investing £40m in initiatives to promote growth in the economy and industry.

Professor Rudolf Allemann, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences & Engineering, said: “This is a unique opportunity to provide state-of-the-art facilities for our students and staff.

“Locating both Schools in the same centre of excellence will provide opportunities for greater collaboration and world-leading research, as well as the provision of new study programmes that will enhance the student experience and improve employment prospects.”

Professor Tim Phillips, Head of the School of Mathematics, said: “The new building housing the Schools of Mathematics and Computer Science & Informatics will provide an outstanding home for the two disciplines near the centre of the University campus.

“The co-location of the two Schools will create an academic environment capable of supporting innovative teaching and high-impact interdisciplinary research.

“It will also facilitate the initiation of new research groupings at the interface between the two disciplines.”

Adjaye Associates, with offices in London and New York, have worked on several high-profile international projects including Moscow School of Management, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC and the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lucy Tilley, Associate Director of UK & Global Projects at Adjaye Associates, added: “This is an exciting opportunity to create a dynamic platform for inter-disciplinary collaboration, research and innovation. Creating empowering spaces for education, community and learning has always been at the heart of what we do.”

Stride Treglown Architects, designers of innovative education buildings such as Bristol Business School at UWE Bristol and the National Composites Centre, has offices around the UK including in Cardiff. 

The practice won this year’s National Eisteddfod Gold Medal for Architecture for Ysgol Bae Baglan, its new ‘super school’ in Port Talbot.