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Abacws

Abacws is bringing together the School of Computer Science and Informatics and the School of Mathematics into one world-leading facility.

The 10,000sq m building will pioneer a way of working for Cardiff University which embodies collaboration and shared vision while retaining the distinct identities of the two Schools.

Due for completion in Autumn 2021, ready to welcome a new cohort of students at the start of the academic year, the building is situated on Senghennydd Road next to Cathays railway station. The site was previously used as a University car park.

The single six-storey building has been designed in collaboration with students and academic staff to create interdisciplinary, flexible and creative workspaces, with innovative teaching areas being a key feature.

Abacws Northeast view
An artist's rendering of Abacws.

Key features and facilities

  • Flexible lecture theatres and seminar rooms with innovative layouts to encourage interaction.
  • Dedicated spaces for student project work.
  • Computer labs designed to enable group work as well as classes and individual study.
  • Spaces open to our industrial partners to enable excellent engagement opportunities for our students.
  • Makerspace and IT workshop to support practical computer science projects.
  • New simulated Trading Room for financial mathematics*Cybersecurity lab for teaching and research.

In brief

  • Cost: £39m
  • Architect: Stride Treglown with Adjaye Associates
  • Contractor: ISG
  • Work due to be completed: September 2021

This is a fantastic opportunity that will benefit our staff and students, substantially improve the student experience and enhance our cutting-edge research. Both Schools are expanding their student numbers so this will enable us to accommodate the growth in a modern, bespoke building, as well as supporting innovative joint degree schemes.

Professor Rudolf Allemann Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Student Recruitment and Head of the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering