Glamorgan Building: School of Social Sciences

Cardiff University, Cardiff

Sector: Education & Listed Building / Conservation

The Listed Facade to former Glamorgan County Hall

Cardiff University took over the former Glamorgan County Hall and its extension, part of the Cathays Park complex. Both buildings were Grade II* Listed and vacant. The main building still houses the original Council Chamber and horseshoe shaped corridor surrounding it, its extension is barely visible from the main Cathays Park drive but does overlook the main access route into central Cardiff to its rear.

A sensitive refurbishment of an important historic building to bring it into regular use. Cardiff University now operates from many of the historic buildings on the Cathays Park complex.

Lower ground floor rooms were refurbished and linked to provide tutorial rooms and lecture theatres for the School of Social Sciences, a new Cafeteria was constructed in the original lightwell to provide refreshment facilities for this building and the adjacent School of Social Sciences.

Ground and First floor rooms were all refurbished as Lecturer's Offices, Tutorial Rooms and Ancillary spaces.

The refurbishment involved repair of existing ceilings and cornices, new ceilings to some rooms, new floor finishes, decorations, electrical, mechanical and IT installations.

Status: Completed 2000
Value: £1.1m
Type: Refurbishment and Conversion of Listed Building
Contract: Traditional
Client: Cardiff University
Architect: Associate and Project Architect whilst working for Gaunt Francis
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner Theobold
Structural Engineer: Arup Associates
M&E Consultant: Hoare Lea
Contractor: E Turner