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30th October 2014

IBI Group Designed Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre Starts on Site

Following the successful completion of Cardiff University’s Hadyn Ellis Building, IBI Group’s design for a subsequent phase of the Maindy Road Campus master plan has started on site; the £44million Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).

The new building will be four times larger than the University’s existing facilities, meaning staff from different departments will benefit from being housed under one roof, allowing for increased collaboration and innovation. The facility will contain MRI and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanning suites, laboratories, office accommodation and seminar facilities.

“IBI Group designed one of the first MEG facilities in the UK at University of Oxford,” said Richard Golledge, Architect and Associate Studio Director at IBI Group.  “The practice has applied this knowledge and data from the ‘4 labs 4 cities’ research by its R&D team IBI THiNK, to benchmark the CUBRIC building design against other leading international examples of science facilities.”

The CUBRIC project developed from an initial feasibility study by IBI Group’s Cardiff studio in January 2013 and achieved planning approval in August 2014. Responding to the context in which it sits, the design will employ similar energy efficient features at the Hadyn Ellis Building, which achieved a BREEAM Higher Education Award Wales for sustainable design.

Research at CUBRIC is focused on four inter-related research themes: Imaging Science; Neuroscience; Clinical Research; and Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. This research aims to have a direct impact on understanding human health and well being, including the brain changes that lead to disordered cognition and mental health.

Cardiff University’s brand new medical research facility is due to complete in 2016.