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Cardiff Met’s new Art and Design School scoops prestigious award



Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) has won a Welsh Architecture Award.

Receiving one of just five awards in Wales, the £14 million building was honoured by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales at a ceremony yesterday (30 April). The building could now be recommended for an internationally acclaimed Royal Institute of British Architects Award.

The new CSAD accommodation was fully completed in 2014 and was fully functional by the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year.

Designed by award-winning architects Austin-Smith:Lord, CSAD has an external finish that changes colour with the light. The adjoining building has been refurbished to ensure continuity of design, and is joined by a glass link. In the fitting-out and furnishing of the accommodation, the project team drew upon the design expertise within the School. This enabled exciting choices in the use of finishing materials as well as furnishing.

The new building is distinguished by a significant sculpture by the Welsh sculptor Gideon Petersen, based on the University's crest. The link building also has an installation by the emerging painter and graduate of CSAD, Aidan Myers.

The Welsh Architecture Awards have become the benchmark in identifying the best new architecture in Wales. The awards jury from the Royal Society of Architects in Wales visited the Cardiff School of Art and Design in March 2015.

Professor Gaynor Kavanagh, Dean of CSAD at Cardiff Metropolitan University said:

"Everyone involved in the build is absolutely delighted to have won this award; it is well-deserved recognition for a truly outstanding building that provides a home for our students and staff.

"The project team, in which we were active participants, achieved a level of understanding and shared ambition that particularly enabled the delivery of this amazing facility."

Cardiff Met's Chief Operating Officer, John Cappock added:

"As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, it is wonderful to see our new School of Art and Design honoured by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales.  

"This is a truly fantastic building offering a wonderful environment for students, staff and visitors alike."