Hawkins\Brown's Cardiff Innovation Central moves to next phase \

We are thrilled that the Innovation Campus for Cardiff University is moving forward, with Bouygues now appointed as the contractor. We can't wait to get started as part of a fantastic team.

Cardiff Innovation Central will be the world's first social science research park, co-locating leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Within the 12,000 sq m building, there will be 2,800 sq m of commercial units for spin outs and start-up businesses. This will include 500 sq m of commercial wet lab space.

To support the social science research the building will integrate a secure ‘secret’ level data facility, a fabrication lab, a visualisation lab, and a TV studio. The ground floor will be a public space used to celebrate and communicate the vision. A key part of this is the ‘Play Box’, a flexible auditorium made up of big steps and pull-out flexible seating cubes which could host Ted X style events.

Completion is expected in 2021.

“Cardiff Innovation Campus is right at the heart of our long-term commitment to build social and economic prosperity in Wales for the benefit of all.”

Colin Riordan Vice-chancellor, Cardiff University

A short animation showing Cardiff Innovation Centre using Unreal Engine gaming technology.

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