’Home of innovation’ reaches highpoint

A flagship centre where ideas will spark invention has been ‘topped out’ by Cardiff University and Bouygues UK.


spark - Cardiff’s #HomeofInnovation - brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, student start-ups and academic spinouts in a state-of-the-art building at the heart of Cardiff Innovation Campus.

Professor Damian Walford Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, oversees the delivery of sbarc spark building is duly marked - necessarily at a distance, but with appropriate fanfare around what each beam, bolt and panel was always meant to enable: the delivery by Cardiff researchers and students, and by our external partners, of life-changing social and economic benefits - needed now as never before.”

Up to 800 people will eventually work in sbarc spark. Designed by award-winning architects HawkinsBrown and due for completion next year, the building stands next to other specialist hubs including the Translational Research Facility (under construction) and Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre.

In addition to bringing future economic and social benefits to Wales, the construction of this latest phase of the Campus has created immediate construction and supply chain jobs. To date, more than 1,000 people have been enrolled to work on the site.

Rob Bradley, CEO, Bouygues UK, said: “Driving innovation is a key priority for the Group so we are very proud to have reached this key milestone on a building that has been designed to encourage innovation and collaboration between like-minded professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The building will bring benefits to the local community. The ground floor will be a public open space with a café, a flexible auditorium for TEDx style events and an open staircase - the ’Oculus’ - designed to drive social engagements and collaborations within the building.

A member of the Russell Group, Cardiff University has specialised in turning research into real-world applications for over 125 years. The University generates more than 95% of IP income amongst Higher Education Institutions in Wales, working with hundreds of international and national organisations across all sectors to create social and economic prosperity.

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