Temple of Peace acquired by Cardiff University

14 December 2017

The iconic art deco style building known as The Temple of Peace has been acquired by Cardiff University for an undisclosed sum.

The Temple of Peace is a well-known landmark building within the civic centre, often referred to as Cathays Park. It occupies a prominent position fronting King George VII Avenue, rear facing onto North Road, a principal approach into Cardiff city centre.

The building was designed by Sir Percy Thomas and constructed between 1937 and 1938 originally for occupation by the Welsh National Memorial Association and the Legal of Nations Union. A specially built crypt houses the National book of Remembrance for first WW1 service personnel who died in battle.

Prior to the sale, the building was owned by Public Health Wales and following their move to more suitable accommodation at Capital Quarter, the property became available for disposal.

Gareth Carter, Director of property consultants Savills advised Cardiff University throughout  the acquisition process.  Gareth comments: “The ability to purchase a building in the civic centre is very rare as ownership is entirely confined to the public sector and following a tender process, Cardiff University were identified as the building’s next custodian.  Cardiff University have a considerable presence within Cathays Park and own buildings on either side of the Temple of Peace in addition to the main university campus.‘’


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