Atrium, Cardiff

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The ATRiuM building

ATRiuM, officially ATRiuM: Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, is the Cardiff campus of the University of South Wales, located in the Adamsdown area of Cardiff city centre, Wales.

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 is located at the rear of the building and was open and functional from September 2009.

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

The site of an old garage prior to construction
The two storey building during construction in May 2014

ATRiuM is due to be expanded on both sides 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 facilities will include part of the Business School, as well as a Students Union bar and an 'Ideas factory'. ATRiuM 2A should be open ready for the new term in September 2014.[3] The two storey ATRiuM 2A extension on the western side of the existing building will be the new student union building, while the five storey ATRiuM 2B extension on the eastern side, will be 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]


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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