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New landmark building for Cardiff University and for Wales

10 March 2011

A prestigious Cardiff University building is set to breathe new life into a disused industrial area of the city, marking the nation’s transition to a smart, knowledge-led economy.

City planners have just approved the building, which will form a striking centrepiece to the University’s new Maindy Park research campus. The University will house some of its most advanced research in the new building, bringing highly-skilled employment to the area.

Maindy Park will be a development of six or seven high quality buildings for the University’s research and public engagement. Set in an attractive parkland, the campus will be take shape over the next two decades, transforming the former railway construction site.

The new building will act as the "front door" to Maindy Park. Architects have designed it to complement its neighbour, the University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and to fit in with the nearby residential housing on Maindy Road. The building has been designed to be sustainable in both its building materials and energy consumption. An independent environmental assessment of the design has rated it "excellent."

Two of Cardiff University’s recently-launched Research Institutes will occupy laboratories in the building. They are:

Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute. The long-term ambition is to investigate whether new therapies targeted on cancer stem cells offer better survival rates than current treatments aimed at all the cells in tumours.

Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Institute. The Institute will put to work Cardiff’s breakthroughs on the genetic origins of brain diseases, understanding how exactly they change human behaviour and developing new therapies to counter such illnesses as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The ground floor of the new building will also contain open space for exhibitions, lectures and conferences. The public will be able to see the University’s research work at first hand and discuss it with academics.

Professor Tim Wess, Cardiff University Pro Vice-Chancellor for Estates, said: "This new building will help regenerate an important part of our city centre, establishing world-class research teams to address issues which affect us all. We also see it as a community facility, allowing the public even greater access to our work. We have worked very closely with the community and Cardiff Council on developing our plans and we are very grateful for all their interest and support."


For further information please contact

Stephen Rouse
Public Relations Office
Cardiff University
02920 875596