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New look for Biosciences

27 August 2010

Work underway on Biosciences extensionWork underway on Biosciences extension

Passers-by on both Park Place and Museum Avenue will have noticed the ongoing work on the striking £4m extension to the School of Biosciences.

The School’s south podium now features a unique multi-coloured hexagonal façade, which reflects the School’s work in understanding the molecular structures of nature. The work is creating a new main entrance to the School, along with a spacious foyer, refectory, seminar rooms and an administrative hub.

The building will be student-focussed, offering easy access to all facilities. The extension will also free up space inside the building for further research and teaching developments.

Work underway on the new extension

Professor John Harwood, Deputy Director at the School of Biosciences, said: "This will be a very important development for the School which will significantly enhance the learning experience for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students (over 2000). It will also provide an impressive entrance to one of the University's largest schools. We are very much looking forward to its completion."

The two-storey extension has been designed by Rio Architects to augment the surrounding architecture of the University and Cardiff’s civic centre. The building contractor is Browns Construction Group.

First planned as a major investment in 2007, the Biosciences extension is one of many developments to revamp the University’s estate. Visit the Campus Horizons webpages for more information and updates on the University’s current programme of ambitious capital projects.

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