Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) has won a major science buildings award beating off competition from shortlisted facilities in the USA, England, Scotland and Ireland.
CUBRIC triumphed in the Life Science Research Building Category at the 2017 S-Lab Awards, which recognise excellence in science buildings, equipment, facilities and management.
Other facilities shortlisted in the category included UCL’s Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and the Allen Institute’s new headquarters in Seattle.
This is the third major award for CUBRIC in a couple of weeks after it won Project of the Year and the Design through Innovation title at the 2017 RICS Awards, Wales in April.
In addition, CUBRIC was runner up in the Buildings that Inspire category of the 2017 Guardian University Awards.
Delivered by CAPITA, IBI Group, and BAM Construction Ltd, on behalf of Cardiff University, the centre is a world leader for research in areas such as psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.
Cardiff University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Holford said:
“It’s a great honour for Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre to pick up a significant award like this.
“CUBRIC is indeed a special place. It is home to world leading researchers and a combination of facilities not found anywhere else in Europe.
“Its work is of global significance as researchers seek a better understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as dementia and multiple sclerosis, which we hope will lead to the development of better treatments.”
CUBRIC is home to powerful MRI scanning facilities, brain stimulation equipment, sleep laboratories, modern offices and break-out spaces.
The £44m facility was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2016.