Work starts on Cardiff University brain imaging centre
DateNovember 2, 2014
CARDIFF – Following the successful completion of Cardiff University’s Hadyn Ellis Building, construction has started on the next phase of the Maindy Road Campus master plan: the £44 million ($79.6 million CDN) Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) designed by IBI Group.
The new building will be four times the size of the university’s existing facilities; staff from different departments will benefit from being housed under one roof, allowing for increased collaboration and innovation. The facility will contain MRI and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanning suites, laboratories, office accommodation, and seminar facilities.
“IBI Group designed one of the first MEG facilities in the UK at University of Oxford,” said Richard Golledge, Architect and Associate Studio Director at IBI Group. “The practice has applied this knowledge and data from the “4 labs 4 cities” research by its R&D team, IBI THiNK, to benchmark the CUBRIC building design against other leading international examples of science facilities.”
The CUBRIC project developed from an initial feasibility study by IBI Group’s Cardiff studio in January 2013 and won planning approval in August 2014. Responding to its physical context, the design employs energy efficient features similar to the Hadyn Ellis Building, which achieved a BREEAM Higher Education Award Wales for sustainable design.
Research at CUBRIC is focused on four inter-related research themes: Imaging Science, Neuroscience, Clinical Research, and Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. This research aims to have a direct impact on understanding human health and well being, including the brain changes that lead to disordered cognition and mental health.
The new medical research facility is due for completion in 2016.
Katie Endicott, Media Relations
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Left to right: Chris Doughty, BAM; Prof. Dylan Jones OBE, Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University; Prof. Derek Jones, Director CUBRIC, Cardiff University; Richard Golledge, IBI Group; Prof. Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University