In the press: Work on next phase of Cardiff University's £300m innovation campus expected to start next year

Computer generated image of next phase of Cardiff University's innovation campus

Work on the next phase of Cardiff University’s £300m Innovation Campus, which will focus on collaboration between academia and the private sector to create a new wave of spin-out companies, is expected to start next year.

A detailed application for the third phase of the university’s campus – which will eventually extend to 65,000 square metres just off Maindy Road, has been submitted to Cardiff council planners.

The fully funded project, consisting of two buildings, extends to just over 23,000 square metres.

The campus’ first phase, the Hadyn Ellis Building, opened in 2013. And its second, in Cardiff University’s Brain Research Imaging Centre, was officially opened by the Queen in June.

The design for the latest phase also includes cafes and creative areas, public open spaces, car parks and a bridge that will link Maindy Road with Colum Place.

One building will be created specifically for scientific research.

It will be home to Cardiff Catalysis Institute, a world leader in research into chemical sciences, and the Institute for Compound Semi-conductors (ICS).

The Catalysis Institute is developing solutions with partners including sustainable technology giant Johnson Matthey.

ICS works closely with Cardiff-based IQE, a leader in the design and manufacture of semiconductor wafer products.

The company’s partnership with Cardiff University also helped drive Innovate UK’s decision to locate a £50m Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in South Wales, which forms part of the wider and ambitious compound semi-conductor cluster project for the region that could create 5,000 jobs.

The second building – Innovation Central – is designed to house SPARK, where social scientists design and test solutions to societal problems, and the Innovation Centre – a creative space giving companies the support to grow.

The innovation projects will partner the Medicentre at Heath Park – an incubator for start-ups geared to clinical innovation.


Vice-chancellor of Cardiff University Colin Riordan said: “Backing cutting edge science and innovation is at the heart of our long-term plan to support Welsh people at every stage of their lives.

“The investment we are announcing today will ensure that Wales continues to be a world leader in science and innovation, and create vital new jobs in the area.”


Model of Cardiff University's proposed innovation campus

Julia Roberts, partner at architects Hawkins\Brown said: “Hawkins\Brown are very excited to be involved in Cardiff University’s world first social science research park, innovatively collaborating with the commercial partners to become a focal point for fostering and developing innovation partnerships.”

When completed, the third phase of the campus will bring the developed element to around 40,000 square metres.

Details of further projects have yet to be confirmed.

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