Atrium, Cardiff

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The ATRiuM building in January 2017

Atrium (styled as ATRiuM), officially ATRiuM: Cardiff Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and also known as ATRiuM Building, forms part of the Cardiff campus of the University of South Wales, along with Atlantic House in Tyndall Street. It is located in the Adamsdown area of Cardiff city centre, Wales. The building was first opened as a university building by the University of Glamorgan on 29 November 2007. A new extension (ATRiuM 2A) added in September 2014 and second (ATRiuM 2B) in 2016.

Phase 1[edit]

Phase 1 during construction in April 2007

Opened on 29 November 2007,[1] it is home to one of the University's five faculties, CCI (the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries). The building is located on 86-88 Adam Street, near Cardiff Queen Street railway station.

The building comprises a refurbished former BT office block, Enterprise House, and an extension, linked by a glass atrium. It houses many of the facilities which were formerly based at the campus in Trefforest. These include a television studio, two tiered theatre, auditoriums, sound studios, learning resource centre and gallery.

ATRiuM's official launch was compered by actress Siân Phillips and TV presenter Rhodri Owen and there were performances from harpist Catrin Finch and singers Elin Manahan Thomas and Daisy Blue, who was accompanied on the piano by her father Mal Pope.[2]

A temporary Students Union building was located at the rear of the building which opened in September 2009 until it moved to ATRiuM 2A, which opened in September 2014.

Phase 2 (ATRiuM 2A and 2B)[edit]

ATRiuM 2A and 2B
Site of an old garage prior to construction of Phase 2A
Phase 2A during construction in May 2014
Phase 2B during construction in December 2015

ATRiuM has expanded on the western side of the original structure (phase 1) on un-used land on the eastern side and the site of an old garage on the western side. The new two storey ATRiuM 2A includes part of the South Wales Business School, as well as a Students Union bar and an 'Ideas factory'. It opened for the new term in September 2014.[3] The eastern side ATRiuM 2B, will be a five-storey building with new teaching facilities.[4]


Amongst the key ATRiuM facilities are a design studio, television studio, 180-seat theatre space, cinema, 180 seat main lecture theatre, a cafe and advice shops.[5]


  1. ^ "Cardiff's Most Exciting Campus Opens". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "£35m Atrium launched with glittering cast". Wales Online. Retrieved 1 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "University submits plans for major expansion of city centre Atrium campus". Wales Online. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "The full planning application for the extension to the Atrium building" (PDF). Cardiff Council. Retrieved 30 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "ATRiuM Facilities". University of Glamorgan. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 51°28′45.05″N 3°10′10.63″W / 51.4791806°N 3.1696194°W / 51.4791806; -3.1696194