State-of-the-Art Student Hub Starts Work at UWIC 

A brand new, state of the art Student Centre at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has begun its first stage of creation this month, in partnership with leading construction company, Willmottt Dixon.

The newly named Campus Centre which is due to open October 2009 has a projected value of £2.5m and will be a focal point for students, staff and visitors alike.

Mike Davies, Student Union Manager said: “This is an incredibly exciting development and I think both current and future students, members of staff and even guests of the university will benefit from its facilities. We are really pleased to have got this project up and running and look forward to the final result.

Offering a multi-purpose environment including a place for people to relax, eat, work and play, the centre will be in operation between 8am and midnight and will offer a club with a dedicated night-time entrance. The centre will also provide centralized student union advice and support services and a lounge area leading onto a terrace with outdoor seating.

There will be wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and the seating will be planned to allow for social learning and group working and will become the showcase for all new and prospective students.

Other facilities include a dedicated training and development room, a new Athletic Union area providing support facilities for the club officers and a new service catering operation, where you can relax, grab a coffee or have a meal served at your table.

Instead of the traditional turf-cutting ceremony, students from the university joined construction workers to celebrate the start of work which will begin with demolition on the existing site on the Cyncoed campus.

Brian Drysdale, managing director of Willmott Dixon, said: “I am sure the development of these first class facilities at the campus centre at Cyncoed will be very popular among the students at UWIC. We are very happy to welcome the students on to the construction site, in this managed way, to tell them all about what their new campus centre will look like and our plans to build it for them.”

The campus centre has special significance as it is the first contract under the three year multi-million pound “single source” framework agreement between UWIC and Willmott Dixon.

The total cost for expenditure for the framework is expected to total between £20m-£25 as part of UWIC’s 10 year plan to transform the university.
Potential future projects at the university include a new management school at the Llandaff campus, and the refurbishment and extension of an existing arts building at Howard Gardens.

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