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A brand new state of the art campus in Cardiff Bay

A new campus for Cardiff and Vale College

Callaghan Square

Born from the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff and Vale College has many facilities in the Cardiff region but until now has lacked a proper state of the art campus. They recently opened a learning facility on Dumballs Road and have now gone a step further with a £45 million project to create a “world class learning facility” in the centre of Cardiff. The development should start this summer and is expected to be completed in summer 2015. If everything goes as planned students starting in autumn 2015 will have the chance to enjoy the brand new modern facilities.

A great location

The campus will be located on Canal Parade, with easy access to public transport thanks to the proximity of Cardiff Central station and the main bus station just 5 minutes away. Located between the hustle and bustle of Cardiff City Centre and the lively Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, the campus will be in a key location. Since some courses will be moved there, it makes sense to have a campus as easy to reach as possible.

More than a campus, a small city

The 16,000 m2 site, funded in part by a £20 million grant from the Welsh Government, is expected to welcome more than conference facilities, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre and an employment centre. Indeed, the campus will boast welcoming public spaces, a central mall, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and luxurious hairdressing and beauty salons (with a spa!), along with a fine dining restaurant on the rooftop. Not only will the 21st century building be state of the art, it will also be sustainable. Furthermore, learning facilities will include flexible indoor and outdoor spaces.

Attracting more than students

The aim of Cardiff and Vale College and of the Welsh Government is to attract both students and the general public - including employers. If the final result is as impressive as the project on paper, the campus will indeed become an attractive place in a part of Cardiff that currently lacks appeal. If you’ve wandered around Dumballs Road you know what I mean. The views over the Bay and over the centre also seem promising and we’re looking forward to enjoying them!

Another iconic development for Rightacres Property

Rightacres Property has gained fame for developing iconic commercial buildings, mainly in the Cardiff area. Indeed, they have developed properties such as Atlantic House, Callaghan Square, Temple Court or Trinity Court. Bupa Hospital and St Mellons’ Tesco superstore are also part of the Welsh company’s portfolio. The developers have just acquired a one acre site on Wood Street so it seems like their work to create attractive, iconic developments in Cardiff is only starting.

Hopefully the project will help deliver better education that will help more and more students make it to university. And if you’re studying with Cardiff and the Vale College but are looking for student accommodation to rent in Cardiff for your university years, feel free to contact us.

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