The Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) is designed to house academic researchers, students and university staff working alongside the private, public and third sectors to exploit new ideas.
The £300m Campus, at Maindy Park, will feature two new centres driving innovation. One will house SPARK, a social science research park, and the Innovation Centre for start-ups and partnerships. This has been designed by Hawkins Brown Architects.
The other, the Translational Research Facility (TRF), designed by HOK architects, will be home to two scientific research establishments – the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and Cardiff Catalysis Institute.
The value of Bouygues’ main works contract for the Innovation Campus is £122.6m. Completion is expected in 2021.
Plans to build a footbridge linking the Campus with the Business School have been deferred to a later date.
Rob Bradley, regional managing director of Bouygues UK, said: “This is a significant development for Cardiff University, which will see us use our strong technical team to deliver a state-of-the-art project providing significant economic benefits to the University and the wider Cardiff Capital Region.”
Vice-chancellor Colin Riordan said: “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. We are delighted to be working with Bouygues UK to create a ‘Home of Innovation’ that unlocks the power of research.”
The design teams include architects Hawkins Brown, HOK and BDP, engineers Arup and Jacobs. Quantity surveyor is Faithful & Gould and project manager is Buro Four.