Work will start on a huge new £50m student building at Cardiff University this year and it will look like this

The huge building, will stretch 140m along Park Place and will be 28m high. The design will mask the existing 1970s student union building.

6th April 2017

Work will start later this year and it is hoped it will be completed for the 2019-20 academic year.

There was huge opposition to it with historical groups among those who opposed the demolition of historic Victorian villas as part of the application.

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Network Rail, the Civic Society, and Victorian Society, as well as local councillors, all objected saying once historical buildings were lost they cannot be replaced.

The university said the scheme was a way to bring their students into one place and has been described as a "heart for an otherwise disparate campus".

Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios won the bid to design the building and BAM have been named as preferred bidder to carry out the pre-construction work.

They have already worked with the university on two other buildings – the Hadyn Ellis and Cubric (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre) buildings.

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Craig Allen, construction director for BAM, said: "It 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."

Cardiff Universitys £44m Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) in Cathays, Cardiff

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Amanda Coffey 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."