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Cardiff unveils energy-efficient postgraduate building

12 March 2012 No Comment

Cardiff University has unveiled plans for its new postgraduate business school, according to walesonline.co.uk. Local councillors agreed the plans to build a state-of-the-art postgraduate teaching centre in Cathays, after developers showed off its potential by reaching a rating of ‘excellent’ in the BREEAM ratings.

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Sustainable postgraduate teaching centre

Among the energy-saving features are rainscreen cladding in five colours, a “twin skin” construction system, rainwater harvesting and solar panelling.

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Inside, the 5,200 square metre building will feature a dramatic, Harvard-style elliptical lecture theatre that can seat 250 students. It will also benefit from a two-storey teaching wing, four storey administration wing and a central breakout area.

There will also be a postgraduate common room on the first floor and another smaller lecture hall. The building is topped with an external patio and biodiversity roof.

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Cardiff University’s newest addition will be built on the site of a previous car park that covered 1.4 acres. It will be easily accessible; benefiting from a bridge across the railway line to help pedestrians.

Flexible teaching space

A council report printed on treehugger.com explained the project in further detail:

“The concept for the design of the new Cardiff Business School was for a building of landmark quality, delivering flexible teaching space with modular office allocations that could be adapted to the changing needs and requirements of the university.”

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