Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre
Opened in the Spring of 2016, The Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) is the second phase of the Science & Innovation Campus at Maindy Road: a new home for world-class research, bringing together experts in brain mapping and neuroscience inside a highly collaborative, energy-efficient environment. The project follows the completion of Phase 1; the IBI Group designed flagship Hadyn Ellis Building.
A spark of inspiration at the heart of campus
Maindy Park is an Innovation Campus but also the physical embodiment of an Innovation System; it represents the coming together of disciplines and people to share problems, recognising that solving the major problems facing our society in the field of health requires teams of people with different and diverse talents. As a hub for neuroimaging, CUBRIC offers access to a combination of facilities and expertise and brings together for the first time multiple MRI scanning facilities, MEG scanning, EEG facilities, brain stimulation, sleep laboratories, drug trial facilities and modern office environments, combining open plan (new approach for the client group), break out areas and meeting spaces all within one building.
The new facilities are unique in Europe and one of only two worldwide –with access to a truly innovative microstructure MRI facility; a machine so powerful that it has been equated to the Hubble Space Telescope. To put this into perspective a human hair is about 50 thousandths of a millimetre in diameter; this scanner is capable of giving scientists information about structures so small that 50 of them could be placed side by side on a single human hair! All of this supports the research of the Centre and allows CUBRIC to undertake cutting-edge research methods and apply the outcomes to key psychological and clinical questions. This research aims to have a direct impact on understanding human health and wellbeing, including the brain changes that lead to disordered cognition and mental health. In addition, the facility is designed to NHS standards, thus allowing collaborative working between leading academics, including across University Colleges, collaborators, industry partners and healthcare professionals; all with the aim of making a real difference and discovering early treatments to many of the debilitating diseases society faces today.
In keeping with the community and university’s commitment to local preservation, CUBRIC’s design employs smart energy efficient features to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
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Richard Golledge is a qualified architect specialising in education and healthcare design. As a strong team leader, he has managed the design and delivery of projects under various public sector procurement routes and contracts, including the NEC Partnering contract. Richard is experienced in creating specialist learning environments for leading universities. Adept at delivering schemes from master planning to construction, he works closely with stakeholder groups to deliver the strategic vision. He understands how important the built environment is as a marketing tool for attracting students and has demonstrated this by developing a striking scheme at Cardiff University.
In healthcare, Richard has worked on a number of specialist and acute schemes. He works closely with Trusts to provide value for money.
In science, Richard has developed a very good understanding of laboratory planning and research space design, creating buildings that inspired collaboration, productivity and innovation. Richard has also been heavily involved in IBI’s ‘Four Labs Four Cities’ research project, a comparative study to define best practice features within laboratory spaces.
Richard graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, where he was awarded the Edward Loveluck Travelling Scholarship 2002. His experience also includes work in the residential sector, where he won a Regional RIBA Award for a one-off house in Malmesbury. His innovative approach to design has been supported by his keen interest in research and development.
In 2009, Richard was selected by the Design Commission for Wales, Royal Society of Architects Wales and the WSA to exhibit his work at the ‘Reflecting Wales 09:09’ exhibition which showcased work of the best of emerging architects in Wales. In 2010, Richard exhibited at the National Eisteddfod in Wales.