Howard Gardens, Cardiff

Brick Slips, Cladding, New Build
About This Project




Build Type

New Build


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Completion Year



About this project

Howard Gardens, Cardiff has seen the introduction of a 390-bedroom complex at the former Cardiff Metropolitan University. The northern building contains 2,3, 4, and 6-bed apartments to house the growing demand for student accommodation in the area.


The facility has been designed and developed to meet high standards of sustainability furthermore reducing ongoing operational running costs. The building used EWI systems with render and brick finish, Through-Fix Rainscreen Cladding Systems which enabled architectural feature fins.


With Cardiff housing 4 higher education institutions the growing need for additional student housing has increased the demand. Replacing a bowling green this modern addition started to house students in January 2021.


Special Features

To accommodate for the architectural fins, across one elevation of the building we required over 50,000 fixings. These were individually secured into place creating a spectacular additional dimension to the fa├žade. This was a very time-consuming procedure however created an impressive elevation on the student accommodation.


Works Summary

  • VariAL TF cladding System from Ash and Lacy
  • External Wall Insulation with render and brick finish from SPS Envirowall