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26 October 2011
The School of Biosciences’ new "front door" is open for business, creating an attractive entrance area for staff, students and visitors alike.
The new extension, with its distinctive multi-colour hexagonal façade, was designed by Rio Architects to represent cell structures, at the heart of all the world-leading research and teaching work conducted inside the School.
The two-storey extension contains a reception, student administrative facilities, seminar rooms and a completely new student cafeteria. The development has also freed up space further inside the School for more teaching and research facilities.
Deputy Director of the School, Professor John Harwood, said: "The School very much welcomes the opening of this development. We now have a new entrance which is much more in keeping with our status as one of the larger departments in Cardiff University. The extension also provides enhanced facilities for student-focused activities. It has been gratifying to hear many favourable comments from both staff and students - I've also heard members of the public alluding favourably to its striking design!"
The new development, to be named in honour of Professor Sir Martin Evans, the School’s 2007 Nobel Prize-Winner for Medicine, will be formally opened with a ceremony in the New Year.
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