Client: Fusion Students
Architect: Corstorphine + Wright
Services: Structural Engineering; Environmental; Infrastructure; Transport Planning
A new 690 bed student accommodation complex in the centre of Cardiff, comprising of an 8-storey south block and a 26-storey north tower, all of reinforced concrete. The triangular shaped site is bounded by a Network Rail line on the north, a canal in the east and the busy Herbert Street in the south that imposed various and challenging constraints to the project.
A total 8,500m3 volume of concrete and over 1000 tonnes of steel were required for the construction of the building. 285no of CFA piles 600mm in diameter were installed for the foundations of the two blocks, and ¼ of these were used to support the central core of the tower alone. The total height of the North block exceeds 80m and is one of the tallest buildings in Wales.