The Old College, Aberystwyth20.02.2018
Design Base are delighted to announce news of our appointment to provide a Laser Scanning Survey, Point Cloud file and Revit Model for the proposed development of the Old College building at Aberystwyth University.
The survey is part of exciting plans to transform the Old College into a vibrant heritage and cultural centre which will attract local people as well as visitors from far and wide. The proposals would see this iconic building on Aberystwyth’s popular promenade take on a new lease of life as an exhibition centre, a place of learning and a hub for creative business start-ups. The aim is to complete the refurbishment in time for Aberystwyth University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.
Originally built as a hotel, Old College welcomed its first cohort of students in 1872 following a tremendous fundraising campaign across the country to help buy the building as the home of the first University College in Wales. A Grade I listed building, Old College is recognised as one of the UK’s most significant nineteenth-century buildings, in Gothic revival style.
The cost of the refurbishment has been estimated at £22m and in July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for the redevelopment project.
The survey phase will commence in early February with full completion of the model timed for late March.