Designer selected for TRF

18 January 2016

Model Building

Research hub will house two world-leading scientific institutes

The University has selected HOK to design a £77 million Translational Research Facility as part of the institution’s master plan for its Innovation Campus.

The 129,000-sq-ft. research hub will accommodate two world-leading institutes: the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors.

Adrian Gainer, regional leader for HOK’s Science + Technology group, said: “We look forward to creating cutting-edge facilities that will reinforce the university’s international reputation as a leading catalysis research centre and build on its strengths in the development of semiconductor devices and materials.”

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Engagement, said: “We are delighted to have chosen HOK to design the Translational Research Facility, which will act as a crucible for the University’s innovative translational research. Innovation is our lifeblood and runs through all we do. Creating the Innovation Campus will help leading researchers and entrepreneurial students turn research into ‘real world’ answers, bringing social and economic benefits to Wales and beyond.”

The University’s focus on innovation will enable the university to engage with the private sector to generate commercial revenue streams to support research programmes. The Translational Research Facility is part of Cardiff University’s £300m Innovation Campus master plan.

HOK is providing architectural and lead consultant services. Other team members include CH2M, which is providing mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering services; BuroFour, which is providing project management services; and Faithful and Gould, the cost consultant.