A university’s journalism department is set to relocate to a new base next to a BBC studio in a bid to put it “at the heart of a vibrant media environment.”
Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has announced the move to a new venue next to the corporation’s Wales headquarters.
The relocation to No. 2 Central Square, in Cardiff city centre, is part of a wider £260m investment by the university to transform its student experience.
The department and BBC have a working relationship stretching back decades, thanks to a long-standing programme of professional training journalism internships.
Architects IBI have been commissioned to design the layout and interior design of the school, which is set to include a 300 seat lecture theatre, six newsrooms, dedicated editing suites, TV and radio studios, postgraduate research space, a library and innovation and stakeholder engagement labs, amongst other features.
The University’s Centre for Community Journalism will also move into the new building.
Professor Stuart Allan, who heads the department, said: “The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is one of the leading schools in the UK and internationally. The BBC’s global reputation for media production, together with the innovative design of the new buildings, will make this a centre for excellence that will be genuinely world-class.
“This is an exciting opportunity, and the School is striving to make the most of it for the benefit of our University and its students as well as for Cardiff as the creative capital of Wales.”
Work began on the superstructure of No. 2 Central Square in November 2016 with the initial stages of the school’s layout and interior work due to begin in August.
The school is currently based at the Bute Building.