03-23-2012 03:37 AM CET - Industry, Real Estate & Construction

A Vision Network Comment On Plans For Cardiff University Business School

Press release from: A Vision Network

Cardiff is set to welcome another landmark piece of architecture to its cityscape after proposals were approved yesterday for a stylish new university teaching centre. The new state-of-the-art postgraduate centre at Colum Drive, Cathays Park, will feature an elliptical Harvard-style lecture theatre as its centrepiece. The exterior finish includes a five-colour, vertically stacked terracotta rainscreen cladding, along with buff brick, curtain walling and powder-coated aluminium doors and windows. The Cardiff Business School development will be constructed using an environmentally beneficial twin skin system, with developers aiming to reach a BREEAM rating of “excellent’ for sustainability. A source at local sales and marketing company A Vision Network said, “I’m really looking forward to seeing the centre opened. It will be a beautiful addition to city, as well as a fantastic resource for business students.”

A Cardiff council report on the project said, “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.”

Plans for the new teaching facility were unanimously approved by councillors at the Cardiff council planning committee meeting on 7th March. The structure will comprise of four parts: a square, two-storey teaching wing; a four-storey office and administration wing; an elliptical 250-seat lecture auditorium; and a central core/breakout area.

The first floor will house flexible teaching space, a separate 153-seat lecture auditorium, office space and a postgraduate common room. On the second floor, there will be a house plant space and another postgraduate common room, with roof access to an external patio and biodiversity roof. The four-storey block – the tallest part of the development, measuring 60ft (18.5m) – will also hold a further third floor of office facilities. “The auditorium element provides a dynamic feature wall comprised, primarily, of linear terracotta cladding of varying earth colours, creating a unique identity that distinguishes the auditorium from the rest of the building complex,” said a council officer in the report to the planning committee.

“The building looks like it will be fantastic-looking,” said our source at A Vision Network, “It will really add to the already beautiful university campus.” The 5,200sq m development will include sustainable design elements, such as a solar thermal heating system, photovoltaics for renewable electricity, and rainwater harvesting. The structure will replace a 200-space car park covering about 1.4 acres, located between the Julian Hodge Building and the university’s Humanities building. Cardiff council’s planning officer worked closely with the university to develop the building’s striking appearance, which uses a mixture of red brick, grey stone and terracotta tiling. Councillors were told a foot bridge would also be constructed across the adjacent railway line to help with pedestrian access.

“Having a great location like this for local people to study business is really important,” said our source from A Vision Network, “It’s paramount for our youth to be developing an interest in business. Hopefully we see some of the country’s future great entrepreneurs studying here.”




A Vision Network is an outsource sales and marketing company based in Cardiff. Direct selling and marketing is a dynamic, vibrant, rapidly expanding channel of distribution for the marketing of products and services directly to consumers. Having that face-to-face interaction with potential customers is priceless. Through this type of marketing our clients can communicate directly with their target market; this enables them to ask questions and tailor their product or service to that potential customer.

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