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Swansea Metropolitan University, Cadogan Centre
Client: Swansea Metropolitan University
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 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.