BAM will start work on Cardiff University’s Centre for Student Life development later this year after being named preferred bidder on the £50 million project.
Designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the scheme is part of the university’s largest campus upgrade in a generation.
The new Cathays Park facility, a partnership with the Students’ Union, will create a central hub for student support services as well as offering modern, flexible social learning spaces and a 550-seat lecture theatre.
It is expected to be completed for the 2019/20 academic year.
Craig Allen, construction director for BAM, said: “Our appointment reflects the strength of the relationship we forged with Cardiff University working with them on the Hadyn Ellis and CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre) buildings.
“It also reflects BAM’s ability to meet the emphasis on the quality and buildability for what is a complex scheme. Good quality partnerships will be crucial for the realisation of this exciting development for students’ lives.”
Professor Amanda Coffey, pro vice-chancellor, student experience and academic standards, said: “We welcome the appointment of BAM and look forward to working with them to create an outstanding facility that will benefit students, staff and the city of Cardiff.
“To maintain our status as one of the top universities in the country, it is vital that we are able to compete with the very best institutions and provide facilities of the highest standard.
“The centre is part of an ongoing £600m investment in our campus, including £260m to provide world leading facilities for our students.”