New Welsh School of Management building given the go-ahead.
The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has been granted planning permission for its new £20 million School of Management building, which is expected to open in 2010. The new development at UWIC’s campus in Llandaff has been designed by Austin-Smith: Lord LLP, with the aim of becoming a leading centre in the UK for teaching and research in subjects including business, hospitality, and tourism.
The new four-storey, 7,800 sq m building, will provide facilities for 160 staff and 2,000 students. A full height atrium runs the entire length of the building, creating a unique social space and the development also includes a 200-seat lecture theatre with two separate wings containing a range of teaching and workspaces. The company tasked with building the new school, Wilmott Dixon Turner, have employed a number of energy saving features; both in the building itself and in its surrounding area, such as a green travel plan to increase public transport services to the new campus. Dave Benson, head of estates at UWIC said: “This is part of our master plan for the institution. As well as being a more efficient way to operate, this new building will create the image we want to portray of being a forward looking and modern institution.”
Tim Young, Austin-Smith: Lord Associate feels that the design of the new building will be conducive to a good environment for existing students: “This is a supremely confident building which speaks of modernity and progress. I am sure it will fulfil its purpose of creating a community of staff and students in the perfect learning environment.”