University of Glamorgan Student’s Union

University of Glamorgan Student’s Union, Pontypridd Building, South Wales Project

University of Glamorgan, south Wales : Pontypridd Building

University of Glamorgan Building design by Rio Architects

University of Glamorgan Student’s Union, Pontypridd

Design: Rio Architects

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images : Richard Roberts

RIBA Award winner, 19 May 2011

Located at the entry to the campus on a steeply sloping narrow site, the brief for the new Student Union entailed fulfilling a number of specific requirements.

Despite the physical constraints of the site, the architect has achieved a fully inclusive building with room for external terrace areas. The palette of materials: slate walls, extensive glazing with timber louvres, zinc cladding and rendered surfaces has been used in a simple yet clear manner, with the stone forming the base and glazed façades floating above.

Internally the sequence of spaces makes this a pleasing building to explore, with a triple-height staircase acting as the pivot where the plan rotates. The internal accommodation provides everything students require: meeting spaces, relaxation areas, café, bars, administration, nightclub, performing venue and a retail area.

University of Glamorgan Pontypridd – Building Information

Title: University of Glamorgan Students’ Union
Location: Llantwit Road, Treforest, Pontypridd
Architect: Rio Architects
Client: University of Glamorgan Estates Department
Contractor: Vinci Construction UK Limited
Contract Value: £4m
Date of completion: Sep 2010
Gross internal area: 2,500 sqm

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