img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="")

Cardiff and Vale College, New City Centre Community Campus

Excellent value for the client and quality of space

Credit: Gareth Gardner

BDP for Cardiff & Vale College

Contract value: £26m

GIA: 16,500m2


This learning ‘village’ brings together a wide range of activities into the heart of the community it is intended to serve.

From the urban street frontage, the college is presented as a ‘book end’, with two dynamic pointed ends and between them a softer, curvaceous central section. The campus projects a powerful presence, with the six storey wedge of the building capped by an angular, overhanging roof. As the surrounding land is developed this will blend into a new urban scale. 

  • Credit: Gareth Gardner
  • Credit: Gareth Gardner
  • Credit: Nick Caville
  • Credit: Gareth Gardner

Inside is a light-filled atrium which has the feel of a sheltered, gently meandering street into which clusters of inhabited balconies and rooms, finished in a wide palette of strong colours, project and overlook. Commercial activities have been located on the ground floor, creating a place of activity, movement and orientation, with the two brightly painted stair cores signalling how to ascend. It is a legible building and a fine response to a complex brief, achieving excellent value for the client and quality of space and environment for the staff and students. 

See other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2016 – Wales


Latest articles

North West RIBA regional award winners 2021

  1. Buildings

Seven of the North West’s 10 shortlisted projects were designed by local architects, from housing to visitor centres, conservation and restoration to new build

North West