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Hadyn Ellis

A key component of Cardiff University’s collaborative Science & Innovation Campus at Maindy Road, the new Hadyn Ellis Building unifies leading researchers in science, education and health inside one fully-integrated discovery building.

Cardiff University
Cardiff, UK
Excellent BREEAM
9,000 m2 Size
2013 Completed

At the core of all innovative universities is the concept of collaboration. The flagship Hadyn Ellis Building houses four 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. 

Hadyn Ellis 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 four-storey 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.

The building has provided an inspiring new home for The European Cancer Stem Cell and Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institutes, as well as the Medical Research Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and UK Dementia Research Institute.

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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.

Thanks to IBI Group for creating this marvelous building which is perfect for our mission to conduct multidisciplinary research into the causes of mental illness and dementia. The design not only gives us a superb working environment but will also allow us to interact not only with each but also with patients and members of the public. Also this iconic building will show Cardiff University's serious intent to tackle these disorders and gives the public a clear and optimistic message that these conditions can be tackled by modern research methods.

Sir Michael Owen
Cardiff University