The latest education project to be completed by RPA is the £7m state-of-the-art laboratory building for the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.
The new building, which was recently commended by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council in its Building Control Quality Awards, houses a range of ultramodern laboratories for the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science. These include a large physiology laboratory for the testing of human performance and health, as well as a ‘Scenes of Crime house’ and laboratories for forensic science students.
The simple and modern building has been designed to compliment the neighboring Grade II listed building, and features coloured glass fins that represent the pH scale to symbolise the scientific function of the building.
The existing Grade II listed building has also been entirely refurbished, requiring the overhaul of the roof and parapets, the timber sash windows and existing interior features. Works also included the restoration of ceiling features and wood block flooring, as well as the removal of mezzanine floors that have been added to the original building.
The original building now accommodates administrative offices, learning and classroom facilities as well as some additional laboratory space.
Nick Soady, director at RPA said :
“The project was undertaken to challenging cost and time constraints and was delivered on time and on budget, having been procured via a 2 stage tender on a collaborative design and build basis.”
Wyn Williams, Deputy director of estates at the University of Glamorgansaid :
“The new building has transformed the former College site into a state of the art University research facility for the scientists of tomorrow, providing our students with the very latest technology and facilities.
“The refurbishment of the old girls grammar school building has also created an inspirational learning environment for our students.”
The development is located on the former Coleg Morgannwg site, acquired by Glamorgan University in August 2007.
RPA previously Project Managed the £9m refurbishment of J Block for theUniversity of Glamorgan. Other education projects worked on by RPA include the £24 million PFI schools project for Rhondda Cynon Taff