Ministers cut the turf at CAVC's £45m new Canal Parade campus
Welsh Government Finance Minister Jane Hutt AM, Deputy Minister for Skills Ken Skates AM and Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Economic Regeneration Russell Goodway have officially launched work on Cardiff and Vale College’s £45m new site.
They broke the ground at Canal Parade, CAVC’s ground breaking new site in the heart of Cardiff’s enterprise zone. Canal Parade, which is being developed by Rightacres Property and Willmott Dixon for the College, is expected to kick start the wider regeneration of the Dumballs Road area.
The ministers and Cllr Goodway met with CAVC Principal and Chief Executive Mike James, Chair of Governors Geraint Evans, Rightacres Chief Executive Paul McCarthy and Willmott Dixon Managing Director for Wales and the South West Neal Stephens. They were taken on a guided tour of the site, then took part in an official ground breaking ceremony.
Canal Parade is being supported by the Welsh Government through a £20m grant. The site will provide a state-of-the-art, inspirational learning facility for individuals, communities and employers across the region. Initial work began in the summer and will be ready for students to start their studies at the new campus in autumn 2015.
Facilities will include a rooftop fine dining restaurant with views across the city, a world class gym, dedicated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre (STEM), luxurious hairdressing and beauty salons, conference facilities and an employment centre.
Jane Hutt said: “As a Government, our number one priority is to stimulate the Welsh economy and support job creation. Since publication of the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan last year, the Welsh Government has already contributed new capital investment of around £1.3bn pounds to the Welsh economy.
“By doing so, we are creating and protecting much needed jobs and boosting economic growth, but we are also tackling poverty by ensuring our investment is used to deliver the maximum benefits possible for the people of Wales.
“A key part of this plan is improving the quality of our schools and colleges. So I’m delighted we have been able to support this ambitious new development with a £20m investment.”
Ken Skates said: “The investment we are making in this new development is a clear demonstration of our commitment to improving access to Further Education, while ensuring good quality provision with no barriers to participation.
“Once complete, this new campus will help provide an inspirational, world class learning facility for students, communities and employers across the region.”
CAVC Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “Our new city centre campus is just one part of the College’s extensive ten-year development plan to create sector-leading learning environments throughout Cardiff and the Vale. We are grateful to the Welsh Government for its recognition that the College needs to expand to provide the best possible opportunities. The commitment for this brand new site to create a landmark building of stunning architectural quality highlights the positive effects of devolution on the Welsh Education sector and the Welsh Government’s Transformation Agenda in particular.
“The College understands its pivotal role for individuals, communities, employers and the economy of the region. We look forward to continuing to progress our capital development programme expanding and upgrading facilities in Cardiff and the Vale.”
Neal Stephens, managing director of Willmott Dixon in Wales, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project. Cardiff and Vale College has such an excellent reputation and we’re proud to have had the opportunity to add it to our growing education sector portfolio.
“This project will really benefit the students as well as the wider community and we look forward to working on the construction of this state of the art building over the next year.”