The two Schools are currently housed in separate locations so the new facility will bring them together. The exact location is to be decided.
Benefits include purpose-built, world-leading facilities for students and staff, a creative environment for high-impact joint research between the two Schools, and the opportunity to devise innovative new study programmes.
Design and consultancy firm Arcadis has been chosen to lead the design and construction of the 10,000sq m facility, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
The new centre is part of Cardiff University’s biggest campus upgrade for a generation – a £600m investment in its future. The University is creating a £300m Innovation Campus, spending £260m on its student experience, and investing £40m in initiatives to promote growth in the economy and industry.
“We are natural collaborators, and it seems particularly appropriate that a building that will bring together two schools for the first time will be designed in partnership by two practices.”
Professor Rudolf Allemann, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences & Engineering, said:
“This is a unique opportunity to provide state-of-the-art facilities for our students and staff.
“Locating both Schools in the same centre of excellence will provide opportunities for greater collaboration and world-leading research, as well as the provision of new study programmes that will enhance the student experience and improve employment prospects.”