Student digs proposed for Howard Gardens site
Plans have been submitted for the demolition and redevelopment of Cardiff Metropolitan University's former School of Art & Design in Howard Gardens to provide more than 200,000 sq ft of student accommodation.
The site has been sold by the university to a private developer subject to contract, with the arts school relocating to a new £14m facility at Llandaff.
The Howard Gardens site, which was put up for sale by the university last year and is entered from Fitzalan Road and Newport Road Lane, incorporates buildings which were constructed in the 1960s and have an approximate area of 116,000 sq ft.
The principal six-storey teaching building is of concrete construction, with a similar four-storey building to the south. Smaller buildings are located at the northern and southern ends of the campus, with the remainder used as a car park.
In an application drawn up by Alder King Planning Consultants on behalf of Fusion Cardiff Metropolitan Ltd, it is envisaged that the site will be levelled to make way for two buildings.
The scheme comprises 214,000 sq ft of space with 207,000 given over to student accommodation and the rest earmarked for shops, offices and leisure uses.
More traditional cluster flat accommodation would be developed within a building at the north end of Howard Gardens, while self-contained studio accommodation is located within a block to the south.
The project, which is being developed in consultation with planners through a series of pre-application meetings, will also include associated works such as public boulevard, landscaping and car parking.
A spokesperson from the estates team at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "The site has been sold subject to contract to a private developer. There is a security team on site, who will remain there until the sale has completed."
In 2015, the Cardiff School of Art and Design will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. The school, which is one of the oldest in the UK, has had many homes.
Beginning life in the oak rooms above the Royal and Morgan Arcades, it is the oldest part of Cardiff Metropolitan University. Since its first site, it has also been housed in The Friary building, near Cardiff's New Theatre, and in the purpose-built Howard Gardens Campus, opened by the Earl of Snowdon in 1970.
This year, the school moved to the new Llandaff campus, designed by architecture firm Austin-Smith:Lord.