New visuals have been revealed showing how Cardiff University’s Bute Building, home to the internationally renowned Welsh School of Architecture, will look once its major refurbishment is complete.
Our Cardiff studio team is principal designer on the project, as well as advising on acoustic design for the building.
The £9.7m refurbishment includes extensive renovation of the building’s interiors, the repair and upgrade to the roof and restoration of the original Assembly Hall at the centre of this Grade II listed building. It is due to complete before the next academic year begins and in time for the school’s centenary celebrations.
We have completed significant upgrades to the exterior of the building including creating larger, lighter and more flexible studio spaces. The school’s workshop facilities have been relocated and significantly expanded with an enlarged wood and metal workshop, digital fabrication facilities for the production of models using the latest laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC (Computer Numeric Control) technologies, and an enhanced space for the school’s robotic arm.
Next up is the refurbishment of the front entrance, exhibition space and the living lab, which will help strengthen links between the school, architectural practices and local communities. The final phase will also uncover and reinstate the original Birt Acres assembly hall, a two-storey space at the heart of the building, which has been concealed in recent years following its conversion to a lecture theatre in the 1990s. A key feature of the Bute Building’s heritage and Grade II listed status, this new exhibition hall will once again be the centrepiece of the building.