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WJEC building nominated for RIBA award

13 April 2010

WJEC

Capita Architecture’s WJEC HQ building in Cardiff has been nominated for an award by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW), the Welsh arm of the RIBA.

Created by a team from our Cardiff studio, the 6000sqm, five storey building provides carefully tailored office accommodation for the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC), the organisation which delivers a variety of education and assessment services across Wales and England, including the setting and awarding of GCSEs and A-levels.

Sited between one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares and grade two-listed Llandaff Fields, the design features a suite of flexible conference and meeting rooms, as well as a staff restaurant, public bookshop, gallery space and an audio-visual recording studio. The building also includes a raft of eco-friendly features to reduce energy consumption including an exposed structure to provide thermal mass; natural ventilation and day lighting; a highly insulating building envelope and energy efficient heating and lighting systems.

The exterior of the building is clad with a combination of clay tiles on the southerly elevations and a tessellating pattern of coloured aluminium panels which wrap around the northerly elevations. The building’s plinth is formed in a band of sandstone river pebbles which were recovered during excavation of the site.