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National award for teaching centre

10 November 2015

National award for teaching centre

Cardiff Business School’s Postgraduate Teaching Centre is winner in Constructing Excellence awards

The £13.5m Postgraduate Teaching Centre at Cardiff Business School has won a national award at an event which celebrates the best of UK construction.

The teaching centre took first place in the health and safety category of the Constructing Excellence awards in London.

The judges noted that the team had achieved outstanding levels of health and safety, both among the workforce and with the general public. 

The project qualified for the national awards after winning in the same category in the Constructing Excellence in Wales awards earlier in 2015.

The centre hosts professionals receiving training and full-time students studying for Masters-level qualifications.

Initiatives put in place for construction included the creation of a health and safety app and public health screening sessions with local cancer charity Tenovus.

Issues such as an adjacent railway line and the confined space were overcome through a combination of sensitive planning and execution of the project, and regular dialogue with those involved.

Measures were taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians such as a gateman, secure site access and the introduction of safe pedestrian routes.

The centre features two major lecture theatres, a trading room allowing students to gain the skills required for life at the Stock Exchange, teaching and seminar rooms and a range of informal learning and teaching spaces.

The project was managed by the University’s Estates team with partners including principal contractor ISG, architect Boyes Rees, civil and structural engineers Bingham Hall and quantity surveyors Hills. Mechanical and electrical works were undertaken by Holloway Partnership.