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21 December 2009
The University has lodged plans for its proposed new campus development to give academics the space and facilities to tackle some of the world’s most important research issues.
The masterplan application, outlining the proposed development of University-owned land next to Maindy Road, has just been submitted to Cardiff Council for determination.
If approved, the new campus, to be called Maindy Park, would be primarily research-led. Maindy Park would give some of the University’s existing research groups the space to work together and allow new teams the opportunity to develop new projects.
Another key aspect of the masterplan is public involvement. The site would be accessible, and provide a location for public debate and discussion on the results of the University’s research. The first building planned for the site, provisionally called the Gateway Building, would have space for exhibitions, demonstrations and talks.
The concept behind the proposed new campus is of a parkland development. Buildings would make maximum use of natural light and ventilation. They would be built to the highest "excellent" standard under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). The buildings would be linked by a series of open spaces in a landscaped setting, allowing networking and ideas-sharing.
The site would also help attract the next generation of world-leading researchers to Cardiff University. There would be facilities for postgraduate researchers and plans for the Gateway Building include a Centre to help researchers develop their skills.
The land for the proposed development is 8.9 acres in size, just to the North of the School of Optometry on Maindy Road. Presently disused former industrial space, the proposals would also help regenerate a major site within central Cardiff. In total, the masterplan is applying for 60,000 square metres of space in several buildings to be phased over the next 15 to 20 years. It forms part of the University’s wider "Campus Horizons" programme of capital development, which has been supported by funding from the Welsh and UK governments. For further information on all the Campus Horizons projects, see http://www.cf.ac.uk/campushorizons/index.html .
The masterplan was developed with Cardiff-based planning associates Powell Dobson. A series of public consultations have been held with residents in the Maindy Road area to keep them informed of the plans. Cardiff Council’s decision on the masterplan is expected in the New Year. The University hopes to makes further announcements, including the first research institutes which would occupy the Gateway Building, in the New Year.
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