Cardiff University has unveiled a new £300 million Innovation Campus which will look to support tech start-ups and research.
The new space, which is due to start construction in early 2017, will be based at the university’s Maindy Park. It will be a hub for university students, researchers, businesses and those from the public sector.
It features two new 12,000 square metre buildings, which have been designed by architectural practices Hawkins\Brown and Hok, alongside site masterplanner BDP and town planning consultancy DPP.
Innovation Central will be the world's first social science research park, co-locating leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Within the 12,000m sq building, there will be commercial space for spin outs and start-up businesses, which will include commercial wet lab space...
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“The Innovation Central Building is a really exciting project. In generating our design, we worked closely with Cardiff University to develop new models for space use and the integration of industrial partnerships and collaboration in an HE context.This has resulted in a very clear design with interactive working spaces organised around a central 'Oculus' that connects the seven storeys. Shared facilities include a Ted-ex style event space and a fabrication lab to trial new manufacturing technologies.”
Oliver Milton Partner, Hawkins\Brown