Background

The Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) was the second building to form part of the university's evolving Innovation Campus.
At a total cost of £44m, CUBRIC is one of Europe's flagship facilities, bringing together brain-mapping expertise and the very latest in brain imaging. Work done at the centre will help improve understanding of conditions such as dementia, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis.
Four times larger than the university's old facilities, the new 6,500m2 building improves opportunities for collaboration, offering a spacious and sustainable research environment with four world-class scanners under one roof.
 

Objectives

A key objective in terms of design and functionality of the
building was future proofing. 
 

 'In theory, it's a simple box,  but the building had to be future proof,' says construction manager Justin Price.

The university also wanted the building to be sensitive to the
local environment by adopting many energy-efficient features, targeting a BREEAM excellent rating.

Challenge

It was important to the university and the local authority that
the new building integrated seamlessly with the existing Hadyn Ellis building and wider area to create a harmonious campus.
 
The high tech MRI scanners used in the research weigh up to
40 tonnes, so the building had to be designed to allow
potential installation of any future equipment.
 
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Project details

Action

The extensive size of the project meant that a watertight building envelope was needed early on in building programme, to remove the façade installation from the critical path.
 
Eurobond Rainspan was specified as the perfect structural support for the rainscreen system, combining ease and speed of installation with flexibility in terms of design and appearance.
 
The exterior finish includes a terracotta architectural façade system, which provides the visual impact of a modern façade. The same approach was successfully applied to the Hadyn Ellis building, ensuring each centre would contribute to a consistent campus atmosphere.
 
Eurobond Rainspan composite panels achieve a low environmental impact while delivering excellent thermal performance, and the high recycled content positively supports the university's environmental aims and assessments.
                            
                                          

Results

Environmental

BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and EPC 'A' rating achieved.
 

 

Aesthetic

Eurobond composite panels supported the rainscreen, meeting the stringent planning requirements set by the client.

Functionality

Researchers from different departments now benefit from being housed under one roof, allowing for increased collaboration and innovation.
 
 

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Specifications

SectorEducation
ClientCardiff University
ArchitectIBI Group
Main ContractorBam Construction
Specialist Contractor ABS Elbrow
SystemRainspan
ColourColorcoat Prisma® White

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