In 2007, South Wales University opened its original ATRiuM building on Adam Street in Cardiff, offering a dedicated learning facility for the creative industries. Euroclad were on-hand to provide the interior and exterior finish to the building, achieved by the use of white aluminium composite material (ACM) panels. The recent completion of ATRiuM 2B has again made use of ACM panels, this time supplied by Euroclad company Booth Muirie, the specialist raincsreen designer and manufacturer. The ATRiuM 2B has seen a significant increase in learning space, widening the range of specialist creative facilities available.
Design and fashion workshops, dance and drama spaces, and photography studio and labs are all new additions made possible by the extension of the striking city centre facility. Located in the heart of the Welsh capital and near to the centres of business and government, Cardiff-based Boyes Rees Architects have created a bright, modern building. This offers, “Extensive design studio facilities for illustration, advertising, graphic communication, TV and film-set design and interior design as well as our fashion courses,” states University sources.
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Installed by specialist contractors, Richard Kemble Contracts, BML60 delivers the sharp lines of the Boyes Rees design whist achieving a faster completion than many alternatives, benefitting the construction schedule by making the building ready for the curtain walling work at an early stage. For students who aspire to benefit from the ongoing growth in the creative industries, the five storey, steel-framed building is an important development, which may facilitate up to 1,500 additional students. Recently opened in time for the 2016/17 academic year, ATRiuM 2B is helping to bridge the skills gap in an industry seen as vital for the development of high skilled jobs in Wales.
As befits a building that is dedicated to creativity, ATRiuM 2B benefits from ingenuity and flair in the design of its walls. The clean, uncluttered façades feature over 2500m2 of bright white Booth Muirie cladding panels, delivering a strong visual impact by creating contrast with the darker areas of curtain walling. The cladding consists of a high quality BML60 System, utilising a tried and tested construction method to install bespoke panels, created by Booth Muirie from ACM.
According to a recent government report the UK’s Creative Industries are now worth some £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy. Pulling well above its weight, the UK has the largest creative sector of any country within the European Union and British talent remains in high demand. With employment in the creative industries sector in Wales increasing by 52.2% since 2005 and the number of enterprises active in the sector growing by 32.2%, a potential for a skills shortage is already causing concern. In an industry that includes such diverse skills as advertising and marketing, architecture, graphic, product and fashion design, performance and visual arts, media and broadcasting, this Cardiff-based university has made significant steps to increase its training places and help to cultivate creative industries in Wales even further.
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