THE ALEX BUILDING
Construction of a 200m inland Surf Lake using ground-breaking Wavegarden cove technology – the first of its kind in the UK. This exciting facility will generate up to 1,000 quality waves per hours, ranging from 50cm (1.7ft) to almost 2m (6.5ft) in height.
The new build also includes an education centre for schools and colleges, a café and bar, a surf shop. There’s also external works for landscaped gardens and car parks
client - university of wales trinity saint david
value - £9.9m
duration - 61 weeks
New Build & Renovation of Grade II Building
Architect - Powell Dobson
Engineer - CB3
Surveyor - Gleeds
The new building houses the; School of Architectural Class, School of Industrial Design, Foundation Art and Design and the Institute of Sustainable Design.
The ‘iconic’ double-skin façade minimises heat gain, regulates glare and provides fresh air intake into the design studios, exhibition spaces. It offers acoustic protection from the urban environment.
A sedum roof covers the new extension and PV arrays are installed on the pitched roof of the original building.
Low carbon technologies include; low energy led lighting, grey water harvesting and water savings sanitary ware.