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060 Wales | Associate Member UKSPA Directory 2017 Innovation Central houses two facilities, both working to make great ideas a reality Cardiff University Innovation Campus L ocati on Maindy Park Cardiff CF24 4HQ C ontact detai l s Sally O’Connor Project Manager T: 029 2087 0305 E: Dr Nick Bourne Head of Commercial Development T: 029 2087 5042 E: campus-investment The second building, Translational Research Facility located next to Innovation Central, will be home to two world-leading institutes providing cutting-edge facilities that help researchers and industry work together. The first, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, is already established as one of the world’s top five catalysis research centres and the leading UK facility in this area, while the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, a new partnership with global firm IQE, will position Cardiff as the UK and European leader in compound semiconductors. An ambitious development plan for a new campus on the Maindy Road site will transform an area of Cardiff from a disused, former industrial space into a range of state-of-the-art facilities. The first phase has brought together experts researching key medical conditions such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and stem cell cancer research for the first time in a purpose-built building. A new Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) opened in summer 2016. It will become one of Europe’s flagship facilities in brain research imaging. The current development will see two new 12,000m 2 buildings. The first building, Innovation Central, will be home to the world’s first social science research park (SPARK), which co-locates applied social science researchers with external partners to work on societal grand challenges in innovative and collaborative ways. The building will also house an Innovation Centre that will provide serviced office, laboratory, and shared workspaces for knowledge-based, innovation-led organisations, delivered on a commercial basis (2,900m 2 lettable space) with the value proposition of: • High quality modern office and lab space with access to amenities, including catering and social facilities • Co-location with Cardiff University gives proximity to researchers and other collaborators at a prestigious address • Access at competitive rates to University services and facilities such as Central Biotechnology Services and the additive manufacturing labs Tran sp or t l i nks N e a r by Str a te g i c n e tw o r k Cardiff University is making a £300m investment in a new Innovation Campus. The investment will promote Cardiff University’s role as a centre of innovation, and will be an important element in the city-region’s landscape. In the latest UK research assessment exercise (REF2014) the University was ranked in the top five for the quality of its research, and second in the UK for the impact of its research. Rail: Cathays 5 mins Road: Easy links to M4 Air: 13 miles from Cardiff Airport Cardiff city centre Newport Bristol Enterprise and Innovation We have a thriving innovation culture and excel in connecting industry, business, and government with our academics, nurturing student entrepreneurship and championing grass-roots business development. We are very keen for Innovation Centre tenants to connect with the expertise and resources available in the University, whether through our broad ranging academic expertise, access to our scientific equipment and testing facilities, access to commercial development and on-site professional high-street advice, or by connecting with our students for placements and Knowledge Transfer Partnership opportunities. The building is due to be completed and ready for occupation in 2019. ■ Cardiff University Central Biotechnology Services IQE