Welsh university project officially opens

The Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, has officially opened the £30-million Hadyn Ellis Building at Cardiff University.

Date

November 13, 2013

CARDIFF – Edwina Hart AM, the Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, has officially opened the £30-million Hadyn Ellis Building at Cardiff University.

Designed by IBI Nightingale, the Hadyn Ellis Building is the first phase of the new Science and Innovation Campus at Maindy Road being developed for the university.

The 9,000 sq m building is home to the institution’s world-leading research Institutes: the European Cancer Stem Cell and Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institutes, as well as the established Medical Research Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.

The Hadyn Ellis Building is also the new home for the University Graduate College and provides office and meeting space for Public Health Wales, bringing leaders in science, education, and health together within one building.

“Collaboration and interaction are very important to a successful science building such as the Hadyn Ellis Building,” said Richard Golledge, Architect and Project Director. “They’re identified in a recent piece of research conducted by IBI THiNK called “4 Labs 4 Cities”. A comparable study of laboratories across three countries, it explores those factors, aspects, properties, or attributes that affect and contribute to the design of research science buildings. The findings of this study give us and our clients a wealth of knowledge about the success of these buildings and will allow us to optimize laboratory design, adding value to future higher education and scientific investment.”

At the ceremony, Edwina Hart AM described the building as “ … one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen; the quality of design and construction is fantastic.”

The building meets high sustainability standards (rated BREEAM Excellent), and was awarded Best Higher Education Building in Wales at the BREEAM awards earlier in the year.

For more information, contact Katie Endicott.

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