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Old May 24th, 2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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CARDIFF | Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama extension | U/C

Not high-rise, but an important development culturally for Cardiff.

A new 450 seat concert hall, 160 seat theatre, drama rehearsal rooms and gallery space.

http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/other/capital...questions.aspx

From North Road:





From Bute Park:



Don't know if anyone has seen any better renders out there?! Hard to really get a feel for the buildings from these three...
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Old May 24th, 2009, 02:37 PM   #2
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I love the design of this development, it'll be such a great entrance to the city when approaching from the North by road. It'll also be a wonderful contrast with the civic centre across the road!

There are some more images on the architects website (in addition to the ones above):



http://www.hamiltons-london.com/project/project-181
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Old May 26th, 2009, 12:36 AM   #3
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I think it will do wonders for the image of the college, too. When you consider that the only substantial performance space in the college itself is the tiny (although very effective for drama) Bute Theatre, this represents a seriously substantial increase in facilities.

Have the day off tomorrow so will pop over and see if I can get some photos of the preliminary holes....!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #4
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Looking a tthe plan, i wonder how much intereaction with the dock feeder there will be, it would be quite a nice place for an outside terrace and form a better entrance into the park.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #5
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The render from the park suggests that there will be something along those lines...


Some shots of the site preparation from today. Not much actually happening, though:









And this gives an idea of the size of the site along North Road. The hoardings pretty much double the length of the existing building.

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Old September 15th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #6
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Construction has started:

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Work has started on a £22.5m building scheme to improve facilities at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

The plans include a 450 seat concert hall, a 160 seat courtyard theatre, four acting and movement studios and exhibition space.

The college is one of the UK's leading drama schools and trains around 600 students a year.

It's hoped that construction will be completed by 2011.

The college first opened in 1949 and was originally located in Cardiff Castle, donated by the Bute family to the people of Cardiff in 1947.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/southeas...00/8257112.stm
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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:07 AM   #7
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The images were really unimpressive until i saw this one:



Not that is a nice design!
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Old September 17th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #8
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From the three renders available I can't form any view of this development. I know what they are building and where it's going but I can't visualise how it will fit in with the existing building or how it will look. Very frustrating.

I assume that the height will be similar to the existing building which is fine although it will stretch a considerable way further up North Rd. This will make for a more impressive gateway into the city especially with the civic centre across the road
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Old September 18th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #9
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I think once this is complete the contrast betwen the architectutre on both sides of North Road will be very impressive.
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I think it's a really great building. RWCMD, as the 4th university in the city is often overlooked, but I think they contribute a lot, with regards creativity and the cities performance culture. This building could be great. I hope theres some kind of performances bar on the top floor, which would offer lovely views of the park
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Old September 20th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #11
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Great to see this underway after some of the funding concerns. I'm confident this will massively increase the pulling power of the college. It's well respected (especially for drama) at the moment, but this will really give it facilities to match its reputation.
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Finally some obvious signs of progress.

Tower crane on site and webcam here: http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/other/capital...ct/webcam.aspx


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Is anyone else concerned by the slow erosion of Bute Park?
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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:02 AM   #18
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As long as things stay that side of the water, I don't really see it as erosion of the park. It will have a major visual impact, obviously, but hopefully a positive one. And this is a city centre park after all.
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Is anyone else concerned by the slow erosion of Bute Park?
Nope. With everything you need to be pragmatic. Everything has a cultural value and parkland is high cultural value but thats not to say it should never ever be built on.

Besides RWCMD is being built on a surface car park. Only a fool supports surface car parks in city centres.

Cardiff council aren't mugs. They know what they are doing and Bute Park will be fine. In a year or so, the nimby's will have moved on to some other fruitless campaign and everyone will have forgotten what all the fuss is about.
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Well, I think it's possible to be too relaxed about these things. It's interesting that you mention surface car parks - look at what's left of Sophia Gardens! However in the case of Bute Park I don't really think there's any cause for alarm at the moment. The much publicised bridge and road are a fairly minor widening of existing access which will not actually alter the usage of the park, other than to make events easier to set up, and in the case of RWCMD as stated it's mostly developed on the existing car park. Even the small number of trees which were felled were done so in order to extend an existing facility rather than inviting a developer to build afresh on parkland.
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