The new building will act as the “front door” to Maindy Park. Architects Nightingale Associates have designed it to complement its neighbour, the University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, and to fit in with the nearby residential housing on Maindy Road.
The five-storey building has been designed to be sustainable in both its building materials and energy consumption. An independent environmental assessment of the design has rated it “Excellent.”
The building will house highly advanced facilities for some of the university’s world-leading interdisciplinary scientific teams. The ground floor will include an attractive public area for lectures, displays and conferences about Cardiff University’s work. The public will be able to see the university’s research work at first hand and discuss it with academics.
Two of Cardiff University’s recently-launched Research Institutes will occupy laboratories in the building. The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute aims to investigate new therapies to offer better survival rates. While the Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Institute will put to work Cardiff’s breakthroughs and developing new therapies.