University of Glamorgan unveils major expansion plans in Cardiff

University of Glamorgan is embarking on a major expansion of its city centre campus and has unveiled plans for a new community college.

University of Glamorgan this week appointed a design team for its £15m ATRiuM2 campus in the city, which will cater for the growing demand for specialised graduates in creative media and financial services.

Meanwhile plans to takeover an empty office block in the city centre, previously occupied by The Royal Bank of Scotland, have also emerged.

The university recently submitted a planning application seeking change of use of Atlantic House West on Tyndall Street, which has been empty for the past eight months.

According to the plans, the university wants to use the four-storey building to provide an education facility for 16 to 18-year-olds.

The application says the building, which was vacated by RBS in January, has only had one viewing this year. It says the lack of interest was unlikely to increase, especially with the neighbouring new office developments at Driscoll Buildings and the Capital Quarter.

“Permitting the change of use to an education facility would not only bring the building back to beneficial occupation but would create employment opportunities in the form of the college’s admin staff along with teachers and lecturers,” it states.

“It is anticipated that the change of use will create up to 10 full time jobs once at full occupation. Furthermore, the change of use will provide a much needed education facility for 16 to 18-year-olds.”

Boyes Rees Architects will partner Nicholson Jones as civil/structural engineering consultants, and McCann & Partners as electrical engineers, for the ATRiuM 2 project, which will rise up next to the existing ATRiuM on Adam Street.

The development will cater for a growing demand for graduates in creative media and financial services.

Vice Chancellor Julie Lydon said: “Our decision to expand our campuses in Cardiff and invest further in the valleys reflects the demand of employers and our confidence that we are the University of choice for both students and the business community.”

We at CPS Homes lettings agents welcome these ideas and look forward to seeing the progress over the coming years. The recent developments throughout Cardiff aimed at students will greatly benefit from these steps.

Extracts taken from walesonline.co.uk

10 September 2012

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