Plans for a new 16,000sqm campus for the Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) is set to add new conference and event space to the Welsh capital.
The £45m development, which is said to be the largest construction project in the city, is being supported by the Welsh Government with a £20m grant.
Work is due to start in Summer 2013 with completion set for summer 2015. Students will then start their courses in the new building from autumn 2015. The project is part of the College’s wider capital development programme.
The project is being overseen by Rightacres Property Co, responsible for some of the most iconic developments across the city including Lloyds TSB, The AA, Tesco and British Gas.
Plans include a rooftop fine dining restaurant with views across the city, a dedicated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre, gymnasium, beauty salons, including a spa with a Zen garden and conference facilities with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces.
The new facility will be built in the financial enterprise zone on former industrial land off Dumballs Road; a five minute walk from Cardiff Central Station.
The entire building is designed with a focus on sustainability. A key feature of this is a 1,850sqm photovoltaic array built into the oversailing angled roof that will provide a sustainable energy source for the site.
“The £20m that we are providing towards the cost of CAVC Canal Parade will help transform the delivery of further education and training across Cardiff and the Vale,” said Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews. “When completed, this impressive new building will become a focal point for learners, employers and communities, helping to drive forward economic activity within the region.”
Main photo: L-R Paul McCarthy – Rightacres Property Co.; Mike James – Principal and Cheif Executive, Cardiff and Vale College; Leighton Andrews – Minister for Children, Education and Lifeling Learning; Jeff Cuthbert – Deputy Minister for Skills; Geraint Evans – Chair, Cardiff and Vale College with scale model of the landmark new build.
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