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Cardiff Met Changes Development Focus

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Cardiff Metropolitan University has dropped plans to move its School of Technologies to the Brains Brewery site at Central Quay.

The university said the financial climate isn't right to create a third campus at Central Quay and will instead locate the School at the Llandaff campus as part of new plans for a major redevelopment of the site.

Rather than borrowing to build an entirely new campus, the university will now borrow less and build over a longer period of time, using its own resources to do so.

Cardiff Met Vice Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison said: "We've decided that now is not the best time to develop a third campus."

"Focusing our future investment on our two existing campuses is now the best option for Cardiff Met and our students."

She also cited Brexit and a review of tuition fees as adding further uncertainty to the higher education market, although Cardiff University was in good financial shape.

A new "master plan" will result in significant investment in its Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses.

Stretching to 2032, the plans will focus on the front of the Llandaff campus by Western Avenue, regenerating the area and linking the campus to Alexander House, the university's newly acquired 1,000 square metre building on Excelsior Road where planning permission already exists for 213 student bedrooms.

Meanwhile, the Cyncoed Campus has looks to benefit from the redevelopment of the former teacher training college, which will be replaced with state-of-the-art facilities for sport and health sciences and for education.

The developments are all subject to planning permission with local residences to be consulted on the plans.