Cardiff and Vale College in the UK has secured approval from Cardiff Council for its £40m city centre community campus, designed by the architectural firm BDP.
BDP won the design contract in March 2013 with developer Rightacre Properties and contractor Willmott Dixon.
The 16,000m² wedge-shaped building will be developed on a site within the Financial Enterprise Zone.
After completion, the building will feature education and training facilities for 2,300 students and 350 staff, as well as a gym, a spa, a conference centre and beauty salons.
Interior spaces of the building will be linked to south facing terraces overlooking Cardiff Bay.
Plans also include a dining sky restaurant, which will be located under the northernmost tip, with views across the city towards the Millennium Stadium.
A central mall will run through the core of the college, including an employment centre and a range of shops and services.
Suastainable features of the project include the over-sailing roof, which will be angled to house a 1,850m² photovoltaic array.
The scheme, which is supported by a £20m grant from the Welsh Government, is part of the college’s capital development programme.
BDP is the interior designer and landscape architect for the project, which is expected to begin in August 2013 and complete in May 2015.
Image: The 16,000m² wedge shaped building will feature education and training facilities. Photo: Courtesy of BDP.