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Cardiff University – Maindy Innovation Campus

The result of an ambitious multi-phase expansion plan, Cardiff University’s new Hadyn Ellis Building and Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) rejuvenated the Science & Innovation Campus at Maindy Road, delivering a new home for world-class, highly collaborative medical research.


Client
Cardiff University
Location
Cardiff, UK
2015 Completed
BREEAM® Excellent

At the core of all innovative universities is the concept of collaboration. The flagship Hadyn Ellis Building houses three research groups with shared central facilities and adaptable lab spaces, once and for all uniting the university’s cross-disciplinary minds in one holistic environment. The Hadyn Ellis Building acts as the “front-door” to campus, expressed through a colourful exterior representative of its surroundings and a transparent glass façade that allows outsiders to observe the bustling flow of activity taking place within the foyer and exhibition area.

Inside, open balconies visually connect workers and visitors while a feature concrete staircase rises through the fourstorey atrium, providing quick access to world-class laboratories and office spaces. The design provides a range of collaborative spaces for work and play, including a comfortable atrium café, stunning double-height exhibition gallery, and a spacious 150-seat lecture theatre. Special emphasis was put on the controlled use of construction materials and colours, allowing us to create a visual identity that also acts as a natural wayfinding tool, intuitively guiding researchers to their destination.

 

Connecting minds

Research at CUBRIC focused on four interrelated fields: Imaging Science, Neuroscience, Clinical Research, and Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics — but their previous space was not allowing for the kind of cross-department communication and engagement that was vital to discovery. Four times larger than the University’s existing facilities, CUBRIC successfully united staff from all different departments, allowing for increased collaboration and innovation between teams with diverse skill sets and common causes. The facility is home to a breadth of medical research, boasting an NHS standard medical suite with drug trial unit and specialist MRI and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanning suites, including the 3T Connected MRI – the first of its kind in Europe – with power comparable to that of the Hubble Space Telescope. The space also integrates laboratories, office space and large seminar facilities with an outside garden terrace. 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. Read more about CUBRIC.

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The University Awards

'Buildings that Inspire' Category Runner Up,,
By The Guardian

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2017

Built Environment’ Category,
By Green Apple Award

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Project of the Year

2017

By RICS Awards Wales

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Design Through Innovation

2017

By RICS Awards Wales

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Design Through Innovation

2015

By RICS Awards Wales

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Best Higher Education Building

2013

By BREEAM Awards

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Richard Golledge

Studio Director
Cardiff, UK

Cardiff, UK

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.

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