Cardiff is to get a new £45 million campus development for Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) in the capital's Financial Enterprise Zone. Supported by a £20 million grant from the Welsh Government, work on the new campus at Canal Parade will start in a few weeks so that the buildings can be ready for the new academic year in September 2015.

The Canal Parade site is 450 metres from Cardiff Central Station and the new building will not be just a college, but has elements which are intended for community use, including it's conference centre, gymnasium, spa, beauty salons and a roof-top restaurant.

The design of the building is focused on sustainability, with a PV array on the roof helping provide electricity for the site. The project is being undertaken by the Cardiff-based McCarthy family business Rightacres, developer of many of the better new buildings in South Wales.

Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews said:

"The £20 million that we are providing towards the cost of CAVC Canal Parade will help transform the delivery of further education and training across Cardiff and the Vale."

"When completed, this impressive new building will become a focal point for learners, employers and communities, helping to drive forward economic activity within the region."