The distinctive and architecturally significant 19th century building was the birthplace of the University of Wales. Principal contractor Andrew Scott Ltd has started the main phase of work that will see the Grade I listed building and the adjacent Grade II listed villas transformed into an exhibition centre, a place of learning and discovery, and a hub for creative business start-ups.
The construction of a dramatic new atrium space including a multi-use foyer with new entrances will create a sense of arrival and provide access to the main spaces, linking the seven floors of Old College via the new stairs and lifts. The new cultural centre will be supported with a 4* boutique hotel, conference facilities, wedding and event spaces and a cantilevered function room over the villas.
When complete the building will be accessible to all and will offer inspiring new shared facilities and resources for the local and academic communities, and visitors from around the world.