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Swansea Metropolitan University, Cadogan Centre

Client: Swansea Metropolitan University
Value: £1.83 million
Contract: Cowlin Construction Ltd
Size: 4194m2
Completion Date: May 1998
Consultant: Bowen and Partners
Architect: DPW Architects
Structural Engineer: Bay Associates
Services Engineer: Webber Lenihan & Associates

The project comprises the external refurbishment of the institutes former Technology block, which is located on the Mount Pleasant Campus overlooking Swansea Bay. The work involved the complete removal of the external envelope of the six storey building and re-modelling and cladding the block whilst maintaining the academic timetables. The 'Hunter' survey carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales identified the extremely poor state of the existing cladding to the windows which did not close, single glazing and problems in relation to access to the building and the working environment.
The working conditions within the old Technology Block suffered from extreme solar gain on the Southern elevation during the summer and maintaining good working conditions during the winter period due to the high single glazed content to the structure. In addition the building was in urgent need of refurbishment and re-modelling to complement the increasing reputation of the institutes Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering.

The Architects design introduced solar shading by the provision of bris soleil panels over the windows and the extent of glazing was considerably reduced by 40% of the total envelope and replaced with highly insulated caldding to reduce heat losses from the building. The Architects design relied on re-modelling in shape and form utilising a simple white colour, which reflected sunlight, again reducing the problems of solar gain.

The refurbished building was re-opened as the Cadogan Centre in March 1999 by Sir John Cadogan and now forms a landmark in the Estate of Swansea Institute of Higher Education.