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Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

IBI Group provided architecture and interior design services for the transformation of Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies into an innovative, collaborative and professional learning space.

Cardiff University
Cardiff, UK
Excellent BREEAM
2018 Completed

Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies relocated to a state-of-the-art building in Cardiff’s Central Square Development, situated next door to the new BBC Cymru Wales. The relocation supports the School in building stronger industry links and boosts student employability through direct access to major media organizations. IBI Group provided architecture and interior design services for the School’s new innovative, collaborative and professional learning space.

With 89 per cent of the School’s research being classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, the new facility incorporates a number of technically-advanced design features that not only enable students to excel in their chosen subject, but further raise the profile of the School as a world-leading centre of journalism.

As interior design lead for the new School, the IBI team incorporated a 300-seat lecture theatre, six newsrooms, dedicated editing suites, TV and radio studios, a postgraduate research space, a library, and innovation and stakeholder engagement labs. These new, state-of-the-art facilities, combined with direct access to major media organizations within the journalism industry offer students invaluable employment skills.

The School and BBC Wales have a strong working relationship, thanks to a long-standing program of professional training journalism internships. The cutting-edge facilities will be a shared resource, enabling a continued exchange of knowledge and experience.

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Richard Golledge

Studio Principal
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.