Cardiff Metropolitan University receives prestigious architectural award 

13/12/2011 15:10 


Cardiff Metropolitan University has received a prestigious architectural award for its state-of-the-art new Cardiff School of Management building.

Guests attended a presentation to see Andrew Sutton, President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales present the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award to Tim Young, Project Director from architect Austin Smith Lord, Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University and Neal Stephens, Managing Director of contractor Willmott Dixon on Monday 12 December.

RIBA Awards winners are the schemes that set the standard for great architecture across the UK.

The Cardiff School of Management (CSM) is one of seven buildings from Wales to be awarded with an internationally recognized RIBA award in 2011.

The £21m school building is the first phase of a redevelopment master-plan for Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff Campus.

It provides purpose-designed accommodation for 130 staff and over 3,000 students in a floor space of some 7,800 square metres.

The university required a signature building of high architectural quality and insisted that the design addressed sustainability issues and achieved a BREEAM “excellent” rating.

Since completion, student applications for the School’s 2011 intake rose by an impressive 25% against a national average of 4% for similar courses.

In response to student aspirations, the design offers bright and airy accommodation on both sides of an atrium space which runs the length of the building as well as social spaces, a modern restaurant and teaching areas that encourage group working.

A three-storey wing houses the main entrance, administration area, the hospitality suite and has staff workspaces at upper floors. Another, on the opposite side of the atrium, accommodates a four-storey wing housing the main teaching areas.

The atrium provides the social heart of the building. A feature staircase rises in a continuous line from ground to third floor and bridges at each level connect the two sides of the building.

A 200-seat lecture theatre cantilevers over the main entrance below, positioned on the main axis of approach through the campus and provides a dramatic visual stop-end to this key vista.

Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University, said:

“I’m delighted to accept such a high profile honour on behalf of the University for the new Cardiff School of Management building. As a University we strive to offer programmes of the highest standard and this remarkable facility can only enhance the School’s already excellent reputation with students and the wider business community.”

The CSM building opened in the 2010-11 academic year.