One of the largest geometrically challenging double glazed roof-lights to be installed in Wales has been fitted at Cardiff and Vale College’s £45 million build on Canal Parade, Cardiff.
The large aluminium and glass structure, which is much bigger than what are commonly installed in commercial premises or domestic homes and often referred to as skylights, was installed by specialist contractor AB Glass, the Swansea-based manufacturing and Installation Company. It was part of a wider £1.3 million contract covering a number of other products such as, double glazed aluminium windows, doors and curtain- walling.
Work on the wedge-shape building, based just south of Cardiff Central station, is well under way and is due to open in autumn 2015.
Facilities at the new development will include a rooftop restaurant, spa, gym, shops, beauty salons and a conference centre. There will also be education and training facilities.
The new campus represents one of the largest construction projects in Cardiff. Rightacres Property, the developer responsible for delivering some of the city’s most iconic developments, has appointed Willmott Dixon as the main contractor to deliver the distinctive wedge shape building, designed by architects BDP.
The Welsh Government is backing the build with a £20 million grant to Cardiff and Vale College. The scheme is due for completion in autumn 2015.
The college says it will be the largest construction project in the city and facilities will be open to the public seven days a week.
Jeremy Morgan Technical Director at AB Glass, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract for the work at Cardiff and Vale College. We are excited to be playing our part in delivering this technically challenging new building. We are grateful to Willmott Dixon, Cardiff and Vale College and Rightacres Property for giving AB Glass an opportunity as one of the sub-contractors for the project.”