Cardiff University Innovation Campus
A state-of-the-art facility is currently being built, to help innovation thrive at Cardiff University. Cardiff Innovation Campus, a £300m investment, is turning a former railway yard into a firebox for great ideas, where thinkers meet backers and funders to spark answers to society’s challenges- this site will also host cafes, creative areas, public open spaces and car parks.
An ambitious development plan for a new campus on the Maindy Road site will transform an area of Cardiff from a disused, former industrial space into a range of state-of-the-art facilities. The current development will see two new 12,000m2 buildings.
The first building, Innovation Central, will be home to the world’s first social science research park (SPARK) which co-locates applied social science researchers with external partners to work on societal grand challenges in innovative and collaborative ways. The building will also house an Innovation Centre that will provide serviced office, laboratory and shared workspaces for knowledge-based, innovation-led organisations, delivered on a commercial basis (c.2,900m2 lettable space) with the value proposition of:
The second building, Translational Research Facility, located next to Innovation Central will be home to two world-leading institutes providing cutting-edge facilities that help researchers and industry work together.
The first, Cardiff Catalysis Institute is already established as one of the world's top five catalysis research centres, and the leading UK facility in this area, whilst the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, a new partnership with global semiconductor firm IQE will position Cardiff as the UK and European leader in compound semi-conductors.
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