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